Rhetorical Analysis Of E. Cady Stanton's Declaration Of Independence

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Most of the American society does not possess a basic knowledge of when the civil battle for women’s rights began. In the year 1848, the first convention of U.S. women’s rights was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a primary speaker and one of the women behind the organization of the convention. Stanton had many beliefs that at the time were unfathomable to many conservative people because it required a widespread change in how the country was run. E. Cady Stanton has put her name in history on all topics of human rights, in particular: being an abolitionist, suffragist, and what we refer to today as a feminist or equal rights activist. During the convention, her speech “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” called particular attention to equal rights for women in a country that inaccurately prides itself on freedom. Stanton’s work on equal rights opens with allusion to the “Declaration of Independence” and appeal to morals and ethos, leading to a section formed around anaphora and appeal to pathos, and then concluding her speech on appeal to logos, pathos, divine morals, and ethos. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s whole work is an allusion to the “Declaration of Independence” in both structure and tone. The “Declaration of Independence” illustrates the injustices King George III inflicted on the American colonists. Due to the wrongful inequality toward this group of individuals, they claimed sovereignty. Similarly, there is a necessity for the

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