Solitary Strength: The Story of Cattlewoman Dorothy Stover Hall

The inspiring tale of an authentic working woman and her spirited determination.

Biographies & Memoirs / Environmental & Agriculture / History - United States / Women's Interest English 51m Sell Sheet
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									Known as a superior cattlewoman and exceptional horsewoman, Dorothy Stover Hall was born in 1910 in the high country of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. She was the grandchild of the legendary pioneer families who were among the first cattle ranchers of the West. Following in their footsteps, Hall became a cattle rancher during the height of the Great Depression. At the age of twenty-six, she bought a 130 acre ranch and, there, practiced Calm Livestock Handling (also known as Low Stress Cattle Handling) and stewardship of the land before such terms were ever coined. A pioneer in the sustainable and ethical use of nature's resources, Hall spent her life ahead of her times. Her legacy is one of confidence, integrity and self-contained dignity. 

This beautifully produced historical documentary will appeal to audiences who love stories of the American West, who care about sustainability practices, and who are interested in history and how women carved roles for themselves in it.

"An important addition for libraries with women’s history collections as well as Western Americana." - School Library Journal

"...Duisenberg has done an exceptional job of compiling and organizing archival materials that help underscore the character and uniqueness of Hall." - Video Librarian

"This documentary, including vintage footage and western-themed background music, is both a view of early twentieth-century western life and a portrait of a remarkable woman…" - Booklist

"Congratulations on 'Solitary Strength: the Story of Cattlewoman Dorothy Stover Hall.' I ordered it from Amazon, and my grandson and I watched it this afternoon. What a fascinating story of an independent woman decades ahead of her time. Her intuitive approach to animal husbandry and sustainability are truly remarkable. Excellent descriptions of pioneer life and the evolution of the cattle industry; we both enjoyed it." - Jeri Brown Beck, Amazon review

"This documentary makes a handsome and winning addition to the body of folk life narratives of unique working women in recent and historic American experiences in the West. As a scholar and author of essays, chapters, and book-length studies using archival, documentary, and field work on the American experience, I especially admire the depth and difficulty of this producer's research in amassing of family photos, newspaper clips, anecdotes, biographical materials and extensive interviews with those who knew Dorothy Hall. Trudy Duisenberg has skillfully woven all of it together seamlessly - along with evocative photography and specially composed music - into a story of larger economic and gender givens in America. For students, Dorothy's life story serves as a double sort of inspiration: both at the classroom level as a model to imitate in creating folk life documentary stories for projects of their own, and also as a model for themselves of maturity and self-reliance." - David Scofield Wilson, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, American Studies, UC Davis