Not for Ourselves Alone

Not for Ourselves Alone

The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony : An Illustrated History

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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 Alone is a vivid and inspiring portrait of two of the most fascinating, and important, characters in American history.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999.
ISBN: 9780375405600
0375405607
Branch Call Number: 305.42/WARD
Characteristics: 240p. 26cm.

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Jodi13
Feb 23, 2017

If you feel like you didn't hear about the Women's Suffrage Movement during high school history class, this is a great primer. I don't know if I was asleep during history class or they just didn't talk about women's rights. Either way I'm glad that I'm learning about it now, and this book is a good start in getting an education.

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floy
Jul 04, 2011

This is an excellent book about the suffrage movement and its two brightest stars: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The book is based on the research Ken Burns and colleagues conducted for a PBS documentary.
The lives of Cady Stanton and Anthony are inspiring; they spent over fifty years as activists in the suffrage movement, even into their 70s and 80s (where are the old women in the women's movement today??).
The book clearly illustrates the working partnership between the two friends: Elizabeth Cady Stanton often did the writing since she was usually at home with her 7 children whereas the single woman, Susan B. Anthony, was able to travel the country organizing women and giving the speeches her friend often wrote for her. Without their incredible perseverance and passion for equal rights, suffrage may have taken even longer to win. Sadly, both died before women won the right to vote in 1920.

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