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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two women, one allegiance. Together Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony fought for women everywhere, and their strong willpower and sheer determination still ripple through contemporary society. Ken Burns' Emmyr Award-winning documentary recounts the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of two pioneers striving to give birth to the women's movement. Not until after their deaths was their shared vision of women's suffrage realized.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
And I've seen a LOT of video documentaries!
I always thought of myself as somewhat well-informed on the topic of American History, but I knew virtually nothing about these two incredible women.
Their friendship, the beautiful blending of their unique gifts to create one stupendous and powerful whole of a suffrage movement, their dedication and devotion - all these elements combined to make this story perfectly wonderful.
I borrowed the video from our local library, but I think I need to buy it. I've watched it twice and wept tears of joy and gratitude at these womens' sacrifice and unselfish labors for all womankind. It is a delight to watch.
I just had no idea women had to fight so hard and so long to be granted a basic human right like voting.
And Elizabeth's "best" lecture, "The Solitude of Self" was one of the most powerful essays I've ever heard. Very stirring and inspiring. Even the [background] music was superior.
This video will not leave you where it found you. Should be required viewing for everyone. Period.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Way to L:earn About Suffragism April 6, 2008
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"Not For Ourselves Alone" is informative and inspiring. Watching it in the context of the 2008 presidential election is fascinating, since one can draw many parallels between the struggles of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the campaign of Hillary Clinton. The film also stands as a beautiful portrait of friendship and devotion to a cause. The "talking heads" make outstanding points, and the storyline of the film builds to the inevitable conclusion: women get the right to vote. Knowing about all the hardships and hard work that led to that moment is truly enriching, and that knowledge is what this film provides.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for the entire family December 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Both men and women need to understand where human rights were once and how far they have progressed at the sacrifice of the very few during the past 150 years. This is classic Ken Burns offering his unique kind of perspective. I am giving this to my niece who will soon be leaving home as a young woman. I hope EVERYONE in her family - both male and female - will view this tape since both sexes need to better understand what women have faced and continue to face in making meaningful lives through their own talents and abilities. If nothing else this video exemplifies courage and determination in the finest and yet most human sense.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story lost to history October 30, 2003
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I'm a woman in a male-dominated field, engineering. But I always cringed at the "feminist" viewpoints and attitudes of some of my friends. I did my work and didn't really think about being the only female in class. All that changed when I saw this documentary.
For the first time, I understand what a woman's life was like back 150 years ago. I understand how much progress has been made, and how everything that I take for granted every day -- being able to choose my career, have a life separate from my husband, vote, own property -- was gotten only through the incredible struggle of women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. They faced mockery, disdain, insults, dismissal and a millenium of tradition at every step, but never stopped fighting. They fought not just for themselves, but for me and every generation of women that came after them.
The fact that I graduated from high school and college without knowing the story of these two great women is almost unforgivable.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent April 24, 2003
I saw this brilliant and beautiful documentary when it was aired on public television and while it has been readily available on VHS, I have been holding out for a DVD. Finally the long wait is over! The only thing that surprises me is that it wasn't offered on DVD earlier. This isn't just some angry feminist rant or emotional tirade against men--the suffragist movement is dealt with as the historical event it actually was, and this documentary goes in-depth with historical details, letters, photos, and even comments from very old women who were just young women when they voted in the first-ever election in which women could vote. After seeing this for the first time, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the unsung heroes and leaders of the suffragist movement, became one of my heroes, and I immediately sought out a copy of "The Woman's Bible". I have been returning to Amazon over and over, checking to see if this was on DVD yet, and it had gotten to the point where I didn't hold out much hope that I would find it. I can't begin to describe how excited I am over this!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Ourselves Alone November 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This film is truly a must-see. I was appalled at how little I knew about this remarkable and significant history. It is inspiring to see these women struggle for basic human rights. It is moving to hear about the tremendous friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It is amazing to hear the words of one of the most provocative and profound writers in our nation's history (Stanton). (How can her works be so unknown! ) It is informative to learn about this very momentous period in American history. Bravo for Ken Burns. This film fills a void in our understanding of American history. Plus it is a very riveting story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time November 11, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this on PBS the other night and it's terrific. I was brought up by a feminist mother, who made sure that I knew the history of the struggle for women's rights. Nonetheless, there were so many things in this documentury that I had never known. The relationship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is fascinating. Anthony was so tough, and Stanton so brilliant. It makes it all the more painful that they didn't live to see women get the vote, although I still thank them everytime I step into the voting booth, like I thank Margaret Sanger every month that I'm not late. This documentary really humanizes these icons, which is a godsend. I assume that this will be widely watched in schools, and I'm glad for that. Everyone should know what a long, hard struggle it's been, and how far women, and men, have come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars well made &inspiring historical film
Another great documentary by the fabulous Ken Burns and company which fills in some vital gaps in standard US history sources.
Published 5 months ago by Saraswati55
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history - should be required viewing by high school students
This is an excellent documentary that should be promoted in all our halls of learning. It is as important as the freeing of the slaves in this country, the difference being that in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth Copp
4.0 out of 5 stars good history, needs more exposure
Really well done, lots of history here, not a lot of politics which is good thing. Interesting to remember that suffragets were mostly abolitionists too and because of these... Read more
Published 6 months ago by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Important collection for students of American History
This moving account of the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony should be part of the tool bag of every student of american intellectual history for its... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joy Bussert
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
This is an excellent film in the usual Ken Burns style, which I somehow never saw when it was originally broadcast. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational
Thank you for the movie. It was very educational and informative. Should be out there to be seen by the public before every election.
Published 19 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important historical information
This documentary explores the lives of two iconic historical figures who are often under represented in general history presentations. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Literature Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars The different paths of Stanton and Anthony
Very informational. The DVD focused not only on the women's suffrage movement but also Anthony and Stanton's friendship. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by S. Lyda
5.0 out of 5 stars Backbone of the American dream
This video should be required watching for all students,of all ages, of both genders to help them realize the positive changes made in women's lives by the movement these 2... Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by M. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Where are our warriors of today??
Should be required viewing for students, both genders, from 5th grade through graduation from high school. I am buying it for all my children,grandchildren,and great-grands. Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by M. Fox
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