Not for ourselves alone : the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony : an illustrated history / by Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; with a preface by Ken Burns ; introduction by Paul Barnes ; and contributions by Martha Saxton, Ann D. Gordon, Ellen Carol DuBois.
Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 September 1999
Ward and Burns, writers of the illustrated histories The Civil War (1992) and Baseball (1994), both of which were published as companions to PBS series, now pair up in an evocative dual biography of the two women who, for all intents and purposes, made the women's rights movement in the latter portion of the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth. Ward and Burns' latest pictorial history, also a companion to an upcoming PBS series, boasts text that is as inviting and edifying as the many exciting illustrations the two writers and filmmakers have selected. As given witness here, Stanton and Anthony differed greatly in their personalities, and they experienced far different lives before their tandem leadership of the women's movement. And yet, they remained friends to the last. (Sadly and ironically, neither woman lived long enough to be able to taste the fruit of their ultimate victory, the establishment of the right of females to vote). One was married with children, the other was not, and they came to hear the call through different channels, but their 50-year affiliation, which in itself encapsulates the history of women's rights in the nineteenth century, wrought, as the authors see it, "the largest social transformation in American history." Pretty strong words! But this finely presented overview of Stanton and Anthony's lives only serves to support such a claim. ((Reviewed September 1, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
LJ Reviews 1999 June #1
Ward and Burns are at it again, producing a PBS film (airing this fall) on two dauntless crusaders for women's rights as well as this companion volume. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
LJ Reviews 1999 October #2
Since most Americans are cynical about the promise of electoral reform, it is hard for us to fathom the franchise as a source of power. But it has not always been this way, writes award-winning historian and biographer Ward (First Class Temperament). This book, a companion to a documentary film by Burns and Paul Barnes, tells the story of the century-long struggle for woman suffrage. The book centers around the movement's earliest leaders, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Brilliantly chronicled, their tireless 50-year campaign for the right to vote is set in the context of other social movements, from abolition to temperance to economic justice. Political differencesAAnthony's determined single-issue focus and Cady Stanton's more holistic and radical politicsAare made tangible; readers can almost feel the heat of the pair's debates. Yet throughout, their friendship and mutual respect are palpable. Ward is to be commended for crafting a document that blends personal detail with political theory. The text is accompanied by 150 illustrations and excerpts from speeches delivered by both women. A valuable addition to all academic and public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/99.]AEleanor J. Bader, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
PW Reviews 1999 September #1
When Paul Barnes suggested that Elizabeth Cady Stanton be included in the film portraits of notable Americans that Ken Burns was planning to make, Burns barely recognized the name. Marginally more familiar was that of Susan B. Anthony, Stanton's comrade-in-arms in the struggle for women's suffrage. But as this book the companion volume to the documentary that will appear this fall on PBS splendidly reveals, theirs is the story not merely of two remarkable 19th-century women but of a major political movement, the end of which has yet to be written. This dual biography of the pair by the historian Ward emphasizes the impossibility of treating either one in isolation from the other. Anthony's grasp of the practical complemented Stanton's philosophical imagination as Stanton wrote, "entirely one are we." Ward restores Stanton to her proper place alongside Anthony in the history of the women's movement and sensitively handles the more problematic elements of their political positions, especially in regard to their resistance to the enfranchisement of former male slaves before the vote was extended to women of any color. Additionally, there are essays by prominent women historians, including a provocative discussion of Stanton's contemporary reputation by Ellen Carol DuBois, and the wealth of illustrations that we have come to expect from Burns and his associates. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.