Lyman Beecher's criticism of American society was that the rise of social problems, such as alcoholism and poverty, threatened the success of the new republican government. Beecher was an American Founder, writer and Presbyterian pastor.
Beecher believed that in order for America's young and experimental republican government to succeed, it had to be bolstered by widespread civic morality. As a pastor, he argued that civic morality came through the activities of the Christian church. He encouraged citizens to implement local projects with the help of the church that addressed issues in the community, such as literacy programs for poor children. His name is often credited with creating a culture of volunteerism in the US.
Beecher had 13 children. His daughter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin."