The Declaration Of Sentiments By Elizabeth Stanton Essays

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Critique can be seen throughout numerous readings that were read and discussed this semester. Women have critiqued other women and they have critiqued men and the patriarchic society. These themes may especially be seen in “The Declaration of Sentiments”, “Halving the Double Day”, and a chapter from Women, Race and Class. “The Declaration of Sentiments” was written primarily by Elizabeth Stanton during the first major women’s convention in Seneca Falls. This convention was conducted to discuss the limited rights that belonged to women and to create the “Declaration of Sentiments”. This declaration mainly challenges the issues regarding the lack of women suffrage and their limited marital rights. Stanton explicitly critiques men and the dominant patriarchy because of these unequal and unfair rights and she wrote the declaration in hopes of eliminating inequality between men and women. Stanton decided to model the “Declaration of Sentiments” after the well-known “Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson. The “Declaration of Independence” was developed to allow the thirteen American colonies to declare their independence and separation from Great Britain. The document explains the tyranny that Britain has exposed to them and it declares that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” (Jefferson, 1). Stanton uses the same format from the document to create the “Declaration of Sentiments”. She discusses…

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