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

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CHAPTER 3. ABIGAIL ADAMS

“I wish most sincerely there was not a slave in the province; it
always appeared a most iniquitous scheme to me to fight our-
selves for what we are daily robbing and plundering from those
who have as good a right to freedom as we have.”—Letter to John
Adams, September 1774


Revolutionary, Abolitionist, Women’s Rights Campaigner
and Entrepreneur
November 11, 1744–October 28, 1818

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS

Until Barbara Bush, ABIGAIL ADAMS was the only woman to be a wife and a mother to a President of the United States. She was the wife of the second President John Adams (1797–1801) and the mother of the sixth John Quincy Adams (1825–1829). She did not live long enough to see her son inaugurated but she did stand with him, aged not quite eight years old, on a hilltop near their home on June 17, 1775 watching the British lose a thousand men as they won a Pyrrhic victory at the Battle of Bunker Hill. For every eight or more dead Redcoats there was only one dead patriot. The experience was a valuable lesson for

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

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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