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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony 

The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.




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Series cast summary:
Carolyn McCormick 1 episode, 1999
Adam Arkin 1 episode, 1999
Lorie Barnum Lorie Barnum ...  Self (executive director, Susan B. Anthony House) 1 episode, 1999
Kathleen Barry Kathleen Barry ...  Self (biographer) 1 episode, 1999
Tim Clark Tim Clark 1 episode, 1999
Kevin Conway 1 episode, 1999
Ann Dowd 1 episode, 1999
Ellen Carol Dubois Ellen Carol Dubois ...  Self (historian) 1 episode, 1999
Charles Durning 1 episode, 1999
Ruth Dyk Ruth Dyk ...  Self (voter, 1920) 1 episode, 1999
Ronnie Gilbert Ronnie Gilbert ...  Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1 episode, 1999
Ann Gordon Ann Gordon ...  Self (historian) 1 episode, 1999
Elisabeth Griffith Elisabeth Griffith ...  Self (biographer) 1 episode, 1999
Ethel Hall Ethel Hall ...  Self (voter, 1920) 1 episode, 1999
Julie Harris ...  Susan B. Anthony 1 episode, 1999
Sally Kellerman ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1999
Amy Madigan 1 episode, 1999
Lynn Sherr ...  Self (biographer) 1 episode, 1999
Sally Roesch Wagner Sally Roesch Wagner ...  Self (historian) 1 episode, 1999
Judith Wellman Judith Wellman ...  Self (historian) 1 episode, 1999


The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.

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Yet another exceptional Ken Burns documentary....
24 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is yet another expertly crafted documentary by Ken Burns. Its style is clearly like his other films and it practically screams 'QUALITY' as you watch. The film is specifically about two of the greats of the women's suffrage movement--Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. These two women were contemporaries of each other and battled many decades for women. Yet, as you watch the film and see how similar they are in their views, you also see how dissimilar they were as people. Stanton was a chubby housewife--a mother of seven who looked very grandmotherly. Anthony, in contrast, was a Quaker--and a rather severe-looking one at that. She never married and seemed as if ALL her life revolved around the movement. Now this does NOT mean that Stanton wasn't devoted--she just found she was able to do the impossible--balance and family and leadership of the movement. Then, in their latter years, their relationship with the movement would change--but they remained friends and full of fire. Two very remarkable women, that's for sure and although the film is quite long, it's rewarding and interesting throughout. Well made and quite compelling.

By the way, this is not meant as a dig against her, but I wonder if Susan B. Anthony ever smiled. I say this because is EVERY photo of her they used in the documentary he has the most grim and humorless look I can ever recall seeing. Unfortunately, documentaries rarely give insights into these aspects of personality of the particulars and I'd love to know if this was or wasn't indicative of her general demeanor.

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1999 (USA) See more »

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Walpole, New Hampshire, USA See more »

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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