The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 and was the document that sought America’s freedom from the king of England. In 1848, The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was written. Like the fight for freedom from the king, The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was the document that fought for women’s freedom from men. The document used the same style, format, and structure as The Declaration of Independence, but different words. Both have similarities and differences that intertwine the purpose of the documents.
The Declaration of Independence was written by America’s forefathers and was the beginning of liberation of America. This document brought America its independence from England’s king. The Declaration of Independence begins with, “When in the course of human events,” and goes on to say, “We hold these truths self evident. ” The document also lists each case were the king wronged Americans. The Declaration of Independence was a fight against another country because of its excessive ruling and American’s lack of Independence.
The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and declared liberation for woman. Stanton’s document was meant to bring together women in the hope for equal rights to men. Stanton used similar language like beginning with “When in the course of human events,” and continuing with, “We hold these truths to be self evident. ” However, instead of the sentence saying, “that all men are created equal,” Stanton wrote, “that all men and women are created equal. It is clear that Stanton wants to point out that everyone should be treated with the same rights. Stanton then goes on to list each of the ways men deprave woman of their rights, just as The Declaration of Independence listed how the king depraved Americans of these rights. The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was a document that showed how men took away women’s freedoms, just like the king had done to Americans when The Declaration of Independence was written. Elizabeth Cady Stanton uses the same format and style as America’s forefathers used.
She did this to show the relationship between her cause and the cause of The Declaration of Independence; they are both for freedom. However, Stanton’s document is directed to other America’s, men. It is the fight for equal rights for men and woman, something The Declaration of Independence did not attain.
- Jefferson, Thomas. “The Declaration of Independence” The American Pageant. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
- Stanton, Elizabeth C. “Declaration of Rights and Sentiments” The Scarlet Letter. Austin: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1995.