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TruthNotes - Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions Stanton like most feminists of her era began her

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” Stanton, like most feminists of her era, began her career as a stalwart abolitionist. It was from the pursuit of civil and human rights for African-Americans, therefore, that these demands for the recognition of the civil and human rights for women emerged. Seneca Falls was the first women’s rights convention in America. You should note that Stanton carefully models this document after the Declaration of Independence. The purpose in doing so is to create a deliberate connection and comparison between the two works, and to highlight the universal promises contained in Jefferson’s work against the partial realization of those promises in American society. Her phrasing in the beginning evokes both the need for change in women’s position, and the need to explain the reasons why such change is necessary. Cribbing Jefferson, she asserts, “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 powers from the consent of the governed,” (1). Stanton goes on to claim that where the government denies these principles, “it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it,” which is markedly different from Jefferson’s
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course 790 376 taught by Professor Murphy during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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TruthNotes - Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions Stanton like most feminists of her era began her

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