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I think it's great that this work showed that more than just two women were responsible for the women's vote. This gives budding feminists more biographies to find and write. Because the Amendment had to be ratified by 2/3 of states, there is also room for history graduate students to describe what their states did in this regard. I liked that Susan Sarandon narrated this. If male actors (Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Harvey Fierstein, etc.) can be narrators, then so should actresses.
Many modern documentaries have people dressed up in costumes imitating the sequences of events. This work refrains from doing that. It shows photos and films (yes, films!) from the times. Otherwise, it would use objects to represent deceased people. Thus, eyeglasses on a book stand in for Cady Stanton; the paintings in the Senate stand for the 99 men in office at the time. This film is filled with jingoes and ditties from the time. They are poignant, but a bit corny. But hey, rock'n'roll wasn't invented until 30 years after the fact.
This film reiterates how some men have absurd notions that anti-sexism will turn the world upside down. In the same way that ERA opponents said a law would lead to unisex bathrooms, this film showed men washing clothes and caring for children (Heavens forfend!) as reasons not to support the vote. In the same way that Limbaugh rants about "feminazis," this film shows Charlie Chaplin (the supposed Communist) mocking suffragettes.
Very importantly, this film shows how racist First Wave feminism was.Read more ›
Although sometimes it seems cheesy, with purposefully bourgeois voices and old-fashioned sets to set the mood, the documentary is surprisingly fast-paced, revealing how dynamic the movement was, with numerous events and leaders continually making progress. However, this can be confusing to students.
Students may bore if watching this full-length video. I recommend either breaking in the middle of it or choosing only a few chapters to show, while filling in the rest of the time-line with lecture. It's hard to determine which parts are most important, but how some of the 1st Wave feminists were racist is an important piece.
The documentary uses Susan Sarandon as the spokesperson and uses Stanton and Anthony's letter-writing as a woman-centered perspective of woman suffrage.
This video is far better and more interesting unless you like hype, soapy drama, out of period music and dialog.
This is more like something Ken Burns would do, and the photos, accuracy, and historical timeline are a lot easier to follow than the "...Angels" drama.
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A little dull to show to high school students. I used this for several clips. Great Price for the Item.Published 4 months ago by AD
All women: mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, cousins, friends, so on...should view this wonderful movie. We have made some strides for equality but we still have much to do. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tawny Abernathy
A great PBS documentary that is an excellent source for understanding how women were finally able to obtain the vote. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Arlene Townes
I originally viewed this on loan from the library and thought it so good I just had to have my own copy. If I could require everyone in America to view one video, this might be it. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Daniel E. Conrad