Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cardy Stanton

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Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Not for Ourselves Alone is a documentary film on the life and relationship of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, produced by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes. The film tells two stories in part, one the women’s suffrage and the biographies of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The film starts with showing the journey and accomplishments of the fight for women’s suffrage; it devotes a few minutes to decades after Anthony and Stanton’s death. It then opens with a quote by Stanton saying “In writing we did better work together than either could alone. While she is slow and analytical in composition, I am rapid and synthetic. I am the better writer, she is the better critic. She supplied the facts and statistics, I the philosophy and rhetoric, and together we have made arguments that have stood unshaken by the storms of thirty long years,” about her and Anthony. The movie explores the early life of Anthony and Stanton, relationship with their strong minded fathers, their religious and economic background. The film portrays the struggles and heartaches of each woman’s life choice, displaying the constraint placed on the 19th century woman by the ideal of female domesticity. It also traces their journey from the abolitionist movement to the women’s right movement also covering the first women’s right convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Film shows the struggle in different segments such as the fight for legislation to protect married women’s property right. These segments introduce different historical figures such as female radical thinkers Lucretia Mott and the first ordained female Reverend, Rev Antoinette Brown to abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, William Garrison and Wendell Phillip. The film also shows the deep friendship bond between Anthony and
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