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A Declaration Of Sentiments, And The Texas Declaration Of Independence Comparative Analysis American Declaration Of Independence

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A Declaration of Sentiments, and the Texas Declaration of Independence
Comparative analysis - American Declaration of Independence

1) So apt and eloquent was Thomas Jefferson’s expressive writing in the Declaration of Independence that many others have come to use his document as a template for iterating declaratory appeals of their own. In the case of The Declaration of Sentiments, Elizabeth Cady Stanton is seen to use Jefferson’s declaration as both inspiration, and archetype for her own declaration in opposition of the “repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman.” Stanton surely made use of the recognition, and authority which the Declaration of Independence ...view middle of the document...

” The Declaration of Sentiments uses this same style, but the “He” is not used to address the King, but male oppressors. The Declaration of Sentiments mimics the style used in the Declaration of Independence to highlight the fact that women are American citizens.
By listing grievances such as “He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise”, and “He has compelled her to submit to laws, in the formation of which she had no voice” Elizabeth Cady Stanton confronted the reality that women were fraudulently deprived of their sacred right to vote. By declaring that “He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead” refers to the fact that a woman’s legal rights were subsumed by her husband at the time of their marriage. By listing such injustices, and more, Stanton makes a clear case for the “immediate admission of the rights” to; vote, to citizenship, to representation in government, to be heard by civil authority, to equality in the civil union of marriage, to equal recognition during divorce, and the right to an education.

2) After having taken both the original Declaration of Independence, and the Texas Declaration of independence, and compared them side by side, point for point, I have discovered that the 2nd assignment question is somewhat flawed. To suggest that the Texas Declaration of Independence “obviously borrows from Thomas Jefferson’s original” is an erroneous conclusion, which could lead to the misinterpretation of either document. During Jefferson’s preamble in the original declaration, he states that “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which laws of nature and of nature’s God entitled them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” This opening statement calls ‘all whom would separate’ from a political bond to state the causes for such a separation.

The appeal in Jefferson’s preamble is a form of political contract which is meant to redress despotism, and as such clearly describes a set of general, unalienable principles which need be upheld in order to justify the existence of a government, or...

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