Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments" is great piece to compare to Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence." I have included a team exercise that mirrors the same activity from the Colonial and Revolutionary packet. Blackhawk's "Surrender Speech" and Chief Seattle's address offer in their own words the Native American reality of manifest destiny. Sojourner Truth presents a powerful crossroads of gender and race that allows the complexity of the American experience to be felt. Students will understand how the this rhetoric persuades. Booker T. Washington and Henry Bibb provide a clear perspective on the horrors of slavery and the realities of Jim Crow.
The unit can conclude with an analytical paragraph that explains how each student rhetorically achieves its goals. Nothing can compare a student to become a voter and understand American identity than these rhetorical analysis.