The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 is a declaration of independence written by women of the convention who wanted to demand equality for women in the United States. This document states the feelings of women who at this time had no legal rights in our country. The right to own property, vote, earn wages, own business, own land and other rights were beyond their reach.
Women of this time were in a difficult position of having to be subservient to their husbands and fathers in their daily lives. The most influential passage in this document in my opinion is “The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation’s on the part of man toward woman, having a direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. This passage in the document is worded very strongly to suggest women were objects of mistreatment by man and women were not going to allow this to continue if they could do anything about it. This document gives a strong argument towards the equality of women in our country by stating the individual injustices and reasons why these injustices are of grave concern to women and how they should be a concern to all.
The authors appeal to logic by stating examples of specific disgraces made towards women and stating the equalities that faced them in the country. The pathos (emotional quality) is very frank and bitter sounding yet eloquently worded. The ethos of this document (the writer’s perceived character) is that of women being at their wits end with the way they are had to live their lives with the inequality that affects their family.
The authors argument is very convincing due to the fact it lays out specific examples of the ways women are treated and the rights they are denied in a country ruled basically by men. As a woman in this country it makes me very proud to read how our previous generations spoke with such eloquence when even in a situation that must have been very disheartening and difficult to bear. I cannot imagine the amount of thought and time the women who wrote and signed this document must have taken in order to word it with grace.