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

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I am not a scholar, although I am very careful about every word I write. I am more a distiller, an ideologue, and one who popularizes; and I hope you all share my unabashed and uncritical (mostly) enthusiasm for my Ladies for Liberty and their friends, colleagues and associates. I have not by any means read every book by and about them, but below I mention several works which I think are of particular merit. We range from feast to famine here, as in some cases—such as Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and Ayn Rand—there is a vast literature, whereas in other cases such as Bina West Miller, Vivien Kellems and Taylor Caldwell, not very much at all comes to hand. All three would make great subjects for future researchers.

If you want to learn more about these 20 women who made such a difference in American history here is what I suggest.

For the Revolutionary era, I particularly recommend two books by Cokie Roberts: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (2004), and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation (2008).

Mercy Otis Warren’s History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution, edited and annotated by Lester H Cohen, is available in a splendidly produced set from Liberty Press of Indianapolis, Indiana; her plays, pretty hard going for a modern audience, are pub

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  • 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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