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

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AFTERWORD
As I finished writing the stories of my “Ladies for Liberty,” word about this book spread and I began to receive speaking invitations to address this theme. Typically, I spoke a little about all of them; then I explored three to five in depth, and finally drew out some lessons.Here are the ten lessons I gave to the staff of the Liberty Fund on September 8, 2010, at its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1. I am puzzled by the temperance movement, which hardly ever appears in my text (my choice); but all the ladies of the mid to late 19th century are pro-temperance while all the ladies of the mid 20th century such as Paterson, Luce and Rand voted for FDR in 1932 solely because he pledged to end Prohibition. I think the answer is rooted in property rights. The married ladies circa 1850 had no such rights and could not stop a wayward husband from drinking away their shared fortune; the ladies of circa 1930 had far more rights and were appalled by the crimes induced by Prohibition.
2. The pattern of education of these women is very erratic, to put it mildly, and the word “bored” appeared repeatedly in my research. In the revolutionary era, the tutors of the brothers did the job to some extent. Truth and Tubman were illiterate while Madam CJ Walker made great strides at self improvement as an adult. Cady Stanton benefited from fam

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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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