Not for Ourselves Alone

Not for Ourselves Alone

The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

Video Cassette - 1999
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This episode contrasts the lives and character of these two women whose friendship forged a great social change. It tells of their first meeting during an abolitionist gathering, the organization of the Seneca Falls convention, their success in the passing of the New York Married Women's Property Act and their legislative setbacks after the Civil War when amendments were made to the constitution guaranteeing suffrage to former slaves but not to women.
Publisher: [United States]: PBS , 1999
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2 video files (approximately 210 min.)) : sd., col
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Feb 07, 2017

It's good to understand the work women did in order to gain the right to vote. This documentary is three hours long and kept my interest the whole time and made me want to learn even more about the Suffrage Movement. This would be a good one to watch with your daughters as they approach adulthood so they realize how important it is for them to vote.

Dec 29, 2013

This is excellent. I knew little to nothing about this piece of our history going in. Ken Burns tells such an engaging and important story- in his characteristic lush visual way as only Burns and Associates can. The soundtrack too is original and gorgeous.
We cannot even imagine lives lived like womens' and other "non-citizens" before sufferage (which ironically did not fully occur until 150 years after our United States' "Declaration of Independence"). Countless freedoms we enjoy today (by both genders) were pioneered and eventually won by these true and unflagging patriots. One example: imagine a time in which an abused wife of a violent alcoholic was barely able to obtain a divorce at all. And, if she did -she was forced to leave her sons and daughters with their "property holder" -generally the husband /perpetrator - since wives and children were not legally persons, but legal property. This was the case for another 50 years- even beyond emancipation of slaves in the 1860s. If you watch this, you will never again take for granted the one thing that did and can still have the power to change all of our lives for the better - the right to vote.

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