Can someone tell me some similarities and differences between "Letter to John Adams" and "Declaration of the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention"I can't find anything except that they both are...

Can someone tell me some similarities and differences between "Letter to John Adams" and "Declaration of the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention"

I can't find anything except that they both are for women's rights. I really need help with this.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you are accurate in that the letters between both John and Abigail Adams and the Seneca Falls declarations highlight the need for equality between the genders.  Yet, I would point out that there are some significant differences between the two.  In my mind, the first is the purpose of writing in each.  The letters between Abigail and John Adams are for private correspondence, and while they might reveal political discourse, their immediate purpose was not politically driven.  The Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls was outwardly political, meaning to make private sentiments purely public.  The letters between the Adams' might have been limited in this regard because of their nature as being communications between spouses, relegating them to the realm of the private with public applications.  This is not even close to the case with the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, which was meant to be public, politicizing issues that might have been felt in private or in emotional realms.  In this light, the purpose, motivation, and audience of both documents are vastly different.

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