Era of Reform

By Marvalous Root

This Sojourner Truth stamp represents the late Sojourner Truth, an African-American abolitionist, and a women's right's reformer. She was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She died November 26, 1883, in Battle Creek, MI. The stamp relates to the issue of anti-slavery and Women's rights, both of which Sojourner fought for. This impacted people today because now slavery *almost* doesn't exist and women now have plenty of rights.
This Harriet Tubman stamp sheet represents the late Harriet Tubman, a slavery abolitionist and conductor on the underground railroad. She helped many slaves escape to freedom through the underground railroad and went back many times, risking her life in the process. This stamp sheet relates to anti-slavery, which Harriet was all for. This issue of slavery has impacted the world today, because slavery is almost destroyed in the US.
This Lucretia Mott painting represents the late Lucretia Mott. Lucretia Mott was an American Quaker, abolitionist, a women's rights activist, and a social reformer. She helped write the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention. This painting relates to Women's Rights which Lucretia fought for desperately. The issue of women's rights impacted the world today because women have more rights than ever now.
This picture of a factory worker represents the issue of Factory life. Factory life was dangerous and most working conditions were terrible. More than thirty-five thousand people were killed each year working. In the triangle shirtwaist factory fire, about 600 people were injured. 145 were killed. This picture relates to the issue of Factory life, because this man obviously doesn't want to be working. The issue of factory life has impacted our world today because if we didn't reform factory life, than the conditions would still be terrible today.
Reform is important because without reform, we wouldn't have anything. Think of suffrage. Women fought hard to ensure that the women of this generation could vote. We take reform for granted. We think that it's not very hard to reform something because we haven't gone through it. In reality, reform takes years to happen. Irish people fought hard to ensure years down that their ancestors would be able to work. Reform is important because we wouldn't be where we are today without it.
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