In1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton read the “Declaration of Sentiments’that advocated for the introduction of new laws to guarantee thatwomen would get voting rights and have equal handling. The letter wasa quest to push for the equal rights of all women in the nation underthe law passed in 1776. The common goal of the letter was to push forthe rights of women across the nation, writing to address those inpower to effect the new proposals. In her writing, she said the womenwere “civically dead” (TheStaff of Congressional Quarterly,160) on the simple basic fact that women were not allowed to vote.
The“Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights”explained largely as to why the women were denied their fundamentalright that was provided for in the laws of the nation. According toElizabeth, the marriage structure tied a woman to obey the commandsof her husband, and their marriage compelled her to obey her husbandin a way that the husband was the master of all her issues.Consequently, the man deprived the woman the liberty and ability to“administer chastisement” (TheStaff of Congressional Quarterly,160). Under the structures of marriage, all the rights lay solely onthe man with the man assuming all her roles as if she never existed.
Onthe other fighting end, the “Declaration of Independence” had apurpose of separating the colonies from the cruel rule of GreatBritain towards the 13th colonies. Thomas Jefferson’s purpose ofwriting the “Declaration of Independence” was to insist and setthe liberties that all men should have equal rights. Jeffersonmentioned that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that allmen are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator withcertain unalienable Rights.” His reactions were to free all thecitizens of the nation from the depression they faced while under thecolonizers. The fundamental difference regarding the “Declarationof Sentiments” is that the latter focused on having equal chancesand rights for both men and women. The additional part regardingwomen shows a strong underlying revocation of women rights, whosemere existence was taken for granted all along the years even afterthe “Declaration of Independence” was effected.
Theirsimilarities lie in their expression of freedom and liberty. Theeffects of the two writings aimed to set America as the Dreamland forfreedom, where the citizens have unalienable rights, their happinessis guaranteed, and they can exist freely without any form ofoppression. The terms freedom and expression remain open forinterpretation under various circumstances. In the “Declaration ofIndependence” freedom meant provision political justice andinsubordination from the British rulers. In the case of “Declarationof Sentiments,” the freedom contextualizes a waging war among thegenders. It is a continuous proof that realization of the Americandream would hugely face difficulties, not only from external forcesbut also within the citizens themselves. In the same context lies theinterpretation of the “American Slave Fourth of July” whose mainfocus was on the enslavement of the black people in the nation. Thefreedom in the particular case focuses to free individuals from theapparent tribal injustices.
“TheFourth of July” and the “Declaration of Sentiments” follow anindividualistic interpretation of the Declaration of Independence inthat each document focuses on issues well seen to not fulfill theprovisions of the “Declaration of Independence.”
TheStaff of Congressional Quarterly. ConciseEncyclopedia of Democracy.Routledge, 2013.