RC 2 Unit 3 - Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls

RC 2 Unit 3 - Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls -...

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Declaration of Sentiments Woman's Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls, 19-20 July 1848 Prepared by Elizabeth Cady Stanton When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2011 for the course ENGL 1001 taught by Professor Proedehl during the Spring '09 term at Marquette.

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