American Injustice

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Throughout the years of mankind, men’s and women’s rights have been trampled upon. In America, Thomas Jefferson declares that the basic human rights of a society have been extinguished by a tyrannical ruler, King George III. Jefferson advocates for the rights of a society, while seventy five years later; Elizabeth Cady Stanton promotes rights for the individual through her avocation of woman’s rights. Both authors declare that human rights are essential for a society to function. Due to the oppressive state of women in society, women are unable to reach their full potential. However, Stanton believes that through self-development women will attain higher morals and intellectual advancement which will better all of mankind. Even though people are supposedly born with basic human rights, history has shown that individuals have been neglected and that even women, must stand up for their freedoms or face oppression. By allowing individualism in a society to flourish through self-improvement and by sustaining the basic human rights for men and women, will in turn promote advancement for all mankind, otherwise, societies will fail to fully develop. In the mid 1800s Elizabeth Cady Stanton faced opposition to the equal rights of women in the United States, not only by men but by other women as well. Catherine Beecher believed that women should strive to be intelligent, but only to the extent of learning how to raise and educate one’s own children, not for the betterment of society. Beecher believed that the intelligence and organizational requirements of running a household were equivalent to that of a small business run by a man. Beecher supports this by saying, “In the schoolroom, or at a domestic service, woman are learning... ... middle of paper ... ...le of regression by knowingly preventing women from influencing humanity. Works Cited Beecher, Catherine Esther. The duty of American women to their country. New York, 1845. 180pp. Sabin Americana. Gale, Cengage Learning. U. S. Military Academy at West Point. 12 October 2010 srchtp= a&ste=14 Mill, John Stuart. The Subjection of Women. England: Dodo, 2005. Print. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. The Woman's Bible. New York: Arno, 1972. Print. ---. "Address to the National Woman Suffrage Convention." National Woman Suffrage Convention. Washington, DC. Jan.-Feb. 1869. Address. ---. "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions." A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers. Ed. Jacobus, Lee A. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. 201-214. Print.
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