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Long Lasting Effects

             A careful reading of Thomas Jefferson's The Declaration of Independence and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions reveals both similarities and contrasts between the two writings when comparing their use of language, the logic they used in stirring their audiences, and how effective they may have been in reaching their targeted audiences.
             Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of The Declaration of Independence, which was presented to the Second Continental Congress on June 28, 1776. This document was written in response to the tyranny of King George of England and the subjugation the American colonists were forced to face. In 1848, seventy-two years later, The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was created by Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton wrote her declaration after finding that women were relegated to a secondary role in the anti-slavery movement. When reading the declarations, one recognizes their similar style and format and also sees differences in what the writers wished to accomplish.
             Both Stanton and Jefferson began their declarations stating, "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for- and go on to state the reasons for their declarations---Jefferson, to justify to mankind the reason the colonies felt compelled to separate from Great Britain, and Stanton, to explain why women should assume a new role in consideration of the unfair treatment they faced.
             In the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Stanton makes clear that mankind's history is one of continual subjugation and usurpation of women by men. Stanton's declaration claims that men have established an "absolute tyranny" over women. In much the same way, Jefferson's Declaration of Independence claims that the King of Britain has established an "absolute tyranny" over the colonies. Jefferson's declaration also states that the history of action on the part of the present King, George, has been one of "injuries and unsurpations.

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