At the first women's rights conventions in 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented her version of the Declaration of the Independence, titled the Declaration of Sentiments. Jefferson argued that the American colonies should become independent due to mistreatment by the British. Stanton used many of the same words to contend that women were also being mistreated, but by the same men who had broken off from Great Britain.
The following activity has students comparing and contrasting the primary sources, learning more about both in the process. Included are a lesson plan, the two texts, questions, and an answer sheet. This is an interesting lesson strong on interpreting primary sources that can be used either during a colonial or Progressive Era unit.
Also, if you like this assignment, you might be interested in Applying Common Core: Women Reformers
. It includes 9 reading and writing activities that cover the social studies Common Core standards.
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