Declaration of Sentiments Writing Extension
What are your grievances? In other words, what rights have been violated, and what effect do they have on those who suffer?
Do these grievances fall into categories, and do you want to cluster the categories together, as Stanton does, or spread them apart?
For the preamble, what parts of the documents you studied, if any, do you want to draw on? It was useful for Stanton to use Jefferson’s words to encourage listeners to hear that women were being oppressed by a tyrant, in violation of their natural rights. What words and phrases might you use to lend credibility to your case?
Do you want to state your subject at the outset, or delay it, as Stanton does by first saying “Those who suffer” and then naming them as “women”?
Both Declarations are a call to action: Jefferson’s to a military revolution for independence; Stanton to widespread activism. What will your call to action be?