Comparing The Seneca Falls Declaration And Declaration Of Independence

1156 Words Oct 28th, 2015 5 Pages
The orchestrators of the Seneca Falls Declaration understood that the Declaration of Independence made an argument that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, and they believed so strongly that men are equal to women, that they replaced the word “men” in that opening statement to the words “men and women”. They chose to use the same introduction because they earnestly believed that women and men were equal, and that being the case, they continued to introduce the public the grievances that would have been seen as unjust and unnatural if applied to a man. Although the reasons for similarities in the Seneca Falls Declaration and the Declaration of Independence are important on a larger scale, but the to understand why Susan B. Anthony and the other suffrage delegates chose to model their document after the Declaration of Independence, you have to look at the differences. Thomas Jefferson not only wrote that the United States was breaking off from the British Empire, but more importantly, he wrote down each grievance so that the reasons for doing so were clear. This format should be appealing to any person or group who wants to be freed from the shackles of any law that hold back the granting of his or her rights. The fourth grievance, and maybe one of the most important, of the Seneca Falls Declaration says, “having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without…

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