History Essay

Topics: Human rights, United States Declaration of Independence, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Pages: 2 (1078 words) Published: October 26, 2014

History Paper #1
The Atlantic Revolution is primarily known for its outcries on human rights and it pulls from some of the thinking from the Enlightenment. Many authors of this time period have the thinking of, “we are all humans, and therefore we should all be treated as such.” Frederick Douglass, Mary Wollstonecraft, Marie Gouze (Olympe de Gouges), Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and James Madison, are just some of many who felt so strongly about human rights that they had to write about it and make their thoughts known to not only the public but the government as well. Frederick Douglass was known for his sarcastic and equality lathed speeches. In “What to a slave is the Fourth of July?” he talks about how the Fourth of July is of mourning to his people but celebration to the majority. An example of his sarcastic tone, he says “that” declaration of independence rather than “the” declaration of independence. This sends a message to his audience that he does not specify himself into the independence of the country. He separates himself and draws upon the indifference the government uses during this day and age. While Frederick Douglass was mainly focused on the indifference between race, Mary Wollstonecraft had the indifference between sexes. She felt so strongly about the way women were treated compared to men that she declared the rights to men should be extended to the rights of women as well. By pulling out specific names she goes on to stat “…all the writers who have written on the subject of female education and manners, from Rousseau to Dr. Gregory, have contributed to render women more artificial, weak characters, that they would otherwise have been…more useless members of society.” Wollstonecraft wanted to emphasis that women are more than just a figure of attraction. The thought of having an “alluring mistresses than affectionate wives and rational mothers.” She draws upon the fact that women need to aspire to be more than the ordinary housewife....
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