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,…show more content…
He does not just declare independence, he also declares war. Stanton uses the template of the Declaration of Independence to carry out the same tone of seriousness. She informs the audience that the issue between men and women is as serious as the issue between the King and the Colonies. The same urgent and indignant tone is accentuated, actions also needs to be taken right away. However, unlike Jefferson, Stanton does not declare war. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson writes, “…it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government…” While in the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Stanton writes, “…it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government…” Jefferson uses the word “abolish”, whereas, Stanton uses the word “insist”. It is clear that Stanton plans on taking milder actions, such as protests, negotiations, or pure refusal. In the end, both Jefferson and Stanton were victorious in their fights. It can be assumed that a major factor of their victories was from their strong will and sharp language. Their use of words made their declaration stronger to all those who read it. And even though they were in different situations and took
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