October 28, 2013
In the “Declaration of Independence”(Jefferson, 1776), and “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” (Stanton, 1848), both authors state that something is not right about the way they have been treated and the people they represent, that something has to change immediately. The things that they demand, the reason for those demands, the things that they have to put up with, and the final resolution, are the guideline that these documents followed.
In the “Declaration of Independence”, Jefferson begins with the things that he and all his followers demand. They demand independence, they were a separated nation, and as a separated nation they needed new rules, because they did not want to obey the rules of the Kingdom, those rules did not fit them anymore. The reason for doing this was, according to Jefferson, that all men are equal with inalienable rights, and when a form of government is self-destructive and harmful, it is the right of men to abolish it. They put up with laws that outraged their nature as human beings, they put up with death and war, they put up with desolation, they considered the Empire was unfit to rule free people. Writing a declaration of independence with the purpose of dissolving connections with the Kingdom, and to do all the things independent nations do.
Now, in the “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions”, Stanton argues about the same things Jefferson did, but translating them as an independence of women from men and history. Women demanded a different role that society had established, an equal station to which they were entitled, because men and women are equal, with the same inalienable rights, according to Stanton. They submitted to laws that were a violation of their civil rights, they were getting accustomed to being dead in the eyes of society, and to having no civil voice. Women felt themselves oppressed, that was why they insisted on the immediate admission to all privileges as...