Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony : an Illustrated History

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A.A. Knopf, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were two heroic women who vastly bettered the lives of a majority of American citizens. For more than fifty years they led the public battle to secure for women the most basic civil rights and helped establish a movement that would revolutionize American society. Yet despite the importance of their work and they impact they made on our history, a century and a half later, they have been almost forgotten.

Stanton and Anthony were close friends, partners, and allies, but judging from their backgrounds they would seem an unlikely pair. Stanton was born into the prominent Livingston clan in New York, grew up wealthy, educated, and sociable, married and had a large family of her own. Anthony, raised in a devout Quaker environment, worked to support herself her whole life, elected to remain single, and devoted herself to progressive causes, initially Temperance, then Abolition. They were nearly total opposites in their personalities and attributes, yet complemented each other's strengths perfectly. Stanton was a gifted writer and radical thinker, full of fervor and radical ideas but pinned down by her reponsibilities as wife and mother, while Anthony, a tireless and single-minded tactician, was eager for action, undaunted by the terrible difficulties she faced. As Stanton put it, "I forged the thunderbolts, she fired them."

The relationship between these two extraordinary women and its effect on the development of the suffrage movement are richly depicted by Ward and Burns, and in the accompanying essays by Ellen Carol Dubois, Ann D. Gordon, and Martha Saxton. We also see Stanton and Anthony's interactions with major figures of the time, from Frederick Douglass and John Brown to Lucretia Mott and Victoria Woodhull. Enhanced by a wonderful array of black-and-white and color illustrations,Not For Ourselves Aloneis a vivid and inspiring portrait of two of the most fascinating, and important, characters in American history.

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

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

I bought this book after watching the fascinating miniseries on TV by Ken Burns..This is a wonderful companion book to the series, with very rare daguerreotypes of the time and place as well as from ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Debra Lape - Goodreads

Great read. Beyond memorizing their names for a high school history test, I knew nothing of Stanton and Anthony's synergistic story. Gratitude is the word foremost in my mind. Read full review

Contents

So Entirely One Are We
3
Bigger Fish to Fry
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Let None Stand Idle
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About the author (1999)

Geoffrey C. Ward, historian, screenwriter, and former editor ofAmerican Heritage,is the author of ten books, includingA First Class Temperament,which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1990 Francis Parkman Prize. He has written for numerous documentary films, includingThe Civil War, Baseball,andThe West,and is currently at work on two books:Jazz: An Illustrated HistoryandA Disposition to Be Rich.

Ken Burns, director and producer ofNot for Ourselves Alone, has been making award-winning documentary films for over twenty years. He was director of the landmark PBS seriesThe Civil WarandBaseballand executive producer ofThe West.His work has received or been nominated for Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Academy Awards, among others. He is currently producing a series on the history of jazz.

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