Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History

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CHAPTER 15. TAYLOR CALDWELL

“If one of my children were a writer I’d say ‘God help you. You’ll
need it’. There must be easier ways of making a living, such as
working the salt mines.”


Novelist
September 7, 1900–August 30, 1985

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

TAYLOR CALDWELL had a “tough” upbringing, as she put it herself in the title of her autobiography — On Growing Up Tough. Her family wasn’t poor, but it believed in hard work and discipline.

She was born Janet Miriam Taylor Holland Caldwell in the Prestwich district of the large industrial city of Manchester in Northwest England. Her family was middle class and she started at a private school aged four. Every moment of her time, seven days a week was accounted for. If she wasn’t at her studies, there were fires to lay, dishes to wash, and clothes to mend and iron. On the weekend, church, Sunday school and more domestic tasks awaited. Punishment for any transgression was likely to be a beating from her parents or from the head-teacher if she stepped out of line at school. By the time she left with her family for

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Table of Contents ix
  • Foreword 1
  • Introduction 5
  • Chapter 1- Mercy Otis Warren 7
  • Chapter 2- Martha Washington 17
  • Chapter 3- Abigail Adams 25
  • Chapter 4- The GrimkÉ Sisters 35
  • Chapter 5- Sojourner Truth 49
  • Chapter 6- Elizabeth Cady Stanton 59
  • Chapter 7- Harriet Tubman 67
  • Chapter 8- Harriet Beecher Stowe 77
  • Chapter 9- Bina West Miller 83
  • Chapter 10- Madam C J Walker 91
  • Chapter 11- Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane 101
  • Chapter 12- Isabel Mary Paterson 111
  • Chapter 13- Lila Acheson Wallace 121
  • Chapter 14- Vivien Kellems 131
  • Chapter 15- Taylor Caldwell 141
  • Chapter 16- Clare Boothe Luce 149
  • Chapter 17- Ayn Rand 161
  • Chapter 18- Rose Director Friedman 173
  • Chapter 19- Jane Jacobs 185
  • Chapter 20- Dorian Fisher 195
  • Afterword 201
  • Ten Matters for Discussion 205
  • Further Reading 207
  • Acknowledgements 211
  • Index 213
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