The Declaration of Sentiments vs. the Declaration of Independence Essay

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Comparing Grievances: Sentiments and Independence In the Declaration of Sentiments, it states that a woman and all of her earning and properties are subjected to taxation even though no woman had any part in creating or approving said taxes. This is similar to a listed grievance in the Declaration of Independence, accusing the king of imposing unfair taxes without the consent the colonists. In both grievances, the subject was taxed heavily even though they were not fairly represented in the accused governments and had no say in the formation or passing of these taxes. Another grievance in the Declaration of Sentiments that bears a resemblance to one in the Declaration of Independence states of a woman “He has made her, if married, civilly dead.” The woman is cut off from society and subjected to her husband only. She no longer has a place in the community or general public other than the wife of a man. The grievance in the Declaration of Independence blames the king for cutting off trade with the rest of the world. Trade is essential to live as a functioning society, and having abolished trade with the rest of the world, the U.S. had no place in it. One of the grievances from the Declaration of Sentiments states that women were not allowed to practice professions such as law or medicine. This they could not do because they were not allowed into any college, as another grievance states. Thus women were limited to certain jobs for only a fraction of the pay, as yet another grievance states. These three grievances combined bear a striking resemblance to a grievance in the independence document. The grievance argues that the king has made it difficult for the colonists to participate in government, calling together legislations at places “unusual, uncomfortable, and distant”. In both grievances, it is extremely difficult for the subject to help better themselves and

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