The reformers attempted to eliminate the common "evils" such as drunkenness, prostitution, and crime. And instead of corporal punishment for criminals, reformers wanted to only sentence them to moral rehabilitation in penitentiaries.
The people of the "Benevolent Empire" taught age-old morals while trying to improve their own lives morally as well.
They established large organizations such as the Prison Discipline Society and the American Temperance Society. These establishments had a managing staff, volunteers and individual newspapers. They also sometimes put abandoned children and the poor in homes. .
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Dec 01, 2004; Discussed in this essay: Colossus: The Price of America's Empire, by Niall Ferguson. Penguin, 2004. 400 pages. $25.95. Empire:...