Declaration of Independence vs. Bill of
Rights vs. Declaration of Sentiments
1 Bill of Rights
1.1 The Bill of Rights was wrote by
The Bill of Rights were written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties
1.2 Why the Bill of Rights were written
The Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution because people wanted to guarantee the protection of the people from a strong central government. The people wanted to revise the Articles of Confederation, but decided to create a new Constitution.
1.3 Date the Bill of Rights were added
The Bill of Rights were ratified on December 15, 1791.
2 Declaration of Independance
2.1 The Declaration of Independance was wrote by
The authors of the Declaration were Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.
2.2 Signing of the Declaration
The Declaration of Independence was signed by Congress on July 4, 1776.
2.3 Why the Declaration was wrote
The Declaration was wrote to clarify and justify the actions of the Second Continental Congress, which was to assume the powers of an official government. Britain was overtaxing the colonists and the
colonists saw themselves as English men with English rights.
Both of the documents were both written by the same people, the founding fathers at about the same time. Each document both focused on absolut tyranny and protecting people people from government excesses.
Even though both documents are very similar, they also differ immensely. The Declaration was wrote as a system of grievances againt the King of England to declare their separation. The Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution that was a charter of government ratified by the states and is declared supreme law.
5 Declaration of Sentiments
The Declaration of Sentiments was signed in 1848 by 68 women and 32 men. The author of the declaration was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who wrote it in Seneca Falls, New York for the women's rights convention. Women lived with little freedom during the 1840s. American women had few legal rights and almost no career opportunities outside the home or farm.
-Women were made dependant of men
-Married women were legally dead in the eye of the law
-Women were not allowed to vote
-Women had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation
-Married women had no property rights
-Divorce and child custody laws favored men, giving no rights to women
-Women had to pay property taxes although they had no representation in the levying of these taxes
-Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives in the extent that they could imprison or beat them with impunishment
-Most occupations were not open to women and when women did work they were only paid a fraction of that of men
-Women were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law
-Women had no means to get an education
-With few exceptions, women were not allowed to participate in any affairs of the church
The Sentiments demanded equality with men before the law, in education and employment.
denying women the right to votedenying women the rights given automatically to all men
robbing married women of all independent legal rights to the point that they are civilly dead
denying women the right to own property
denying women the right to child custody in divorce
denying women the right to work in profitable employment by monopolizing jobs and banning women from working in theology, medicine, and law
creating and perpetuating different moral codes for men and women, and
creating a system of dependency that causes women to lose self-respect and confidence.
5.3 Connection to Declaration of Independence
Stanton modeled the Declaration of Sentiments to the Declaration of Independence because they both represented that all people are created equal, both men and women. They both declare a movement away something, they both break off from a part of society. Whether it be the rule of Great Britain or the rule of men.