Comparison Between the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

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Alisha Pegan
Dec. 5, 2010

Compare and Contrast Essay between DOI and DS&R
During the late 1700’s, the colonies in America were upset and resentful of the British tyranny. In order to make the separation between the two groups official, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred years later, women were facing the same injustice, only it was from men; and to protest against the unfair treatment, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. Both parties of oppression fought against the same outcome, unjust treatment, yet, each fought against different causes and in different ways. Jefferson and Stanton direct their piece to different audiences. Jefferson claims in his piece that, “…all men are created equal…” This phrase implies that only white males are equal. Women and African Americans are not because, the word “women” is not mentioned in the sentence, and African Americans were not even considered people back then. Jefferson directs his piece toward white males who are upset with the king in Britain. He uses the word “men” to emphasis the equality between the king and men. However, Stanton declares in her piece that “…all men and women are created equal…” She uses “women”, to also emphasis the equality between two groups of people, male and female. Both Jefferson and Stanton use certain word to assert what they are fighting for; the equality between the king and men in the colonies, and the equality between males and females, respectively. However, with Stanton’s add in of “women”, it not only changes the argument, but also the audience. Because of her statement, it brings on a broader perspective. She is not merely advocating the equality of two groups; she is fighting for the equality between all the people in the world. The Declaration of Independence is a well-known and admired piece, which is why Stanton uses its template to write her piece, the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. The...
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