THE VICTORIA WOODHULL SAGA
Scandalous, The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 2: Fame, Infamy and Paradise Lost
Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Celeste Claflin used their wealth achieved in Volume I to become the first women to open a brokerage firm and own, edit, and publish a newspaper. How else will the sisters use their fame and fortune? Victoria becomes the first woman invited to address the United State House of Representatives. She becomes the spokesperson for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Meanwhile, Tennessee runs for state office. Then, Victoria secures the nomination and runs for President of the United States. Read how Victoria and Tennie speak to huge crowds across the nation. Learn about the Free Love movement Victoria championed. Watch and see why Victoria is repeatedly elected as president of the American Association of Spiritualists. Go inside the battles and meet the combatants for woman suffrage and the legal emancipation of women in America. Discover amazing women and their contributions to the annals of our nation. Learn why the inability of the women of the time to reconcile their differences delayed female suffrage for half a century. Find out the sordid details of the conflict that became the “Trial of the Century,” the longest running and most publicized newspaper event of its era, pitting the sisters against the conservative religious establishment. Can the two sisters survive the war they engaged in? What will be the price they must pay? How will they face their worst fears, endure, and overcome? How does this shape the rest of their lives and the history of America?
Outrageous, The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 1: Rise to Riches
What compels a woman and her youngest sister to overcome abject poverty and violent abuse to grow up to defy convention and obliterate every barrier to become the first women to own and operate a Wall Street brokerage firm and publish their own newspaper?
How did Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838 - 1927) become the first woman invited to speak to the United State Congress, and then the first female to run for President. What made Tennessee Celeste Claflin (1845 - 1923) so beguiling that the richest man in America, Cornelius Vanderbilt, fell completely in love with her?
What caused the sisters to live out their long lives as royalty and peerage in Europe. Victoria living as landed gentry outside of London, and Tennessee in a huge castle like a queen? Why aren't these empowered and independent women iconic in our culture?
Volume One of The Victoria Woodhull Saga tells the poignant, lascivious, and compelling inside story of how the sisters worked closely with Cornelius Vanderbilt, who at age 74 fell in love with the beguiling 24-year old Tennessee. Victoria provided the titan of industry "Inside Her Information" gathered through the soiled sisterhood, the ladies of the evening working at the top seven brothels servicing the rich and famous of New York City.
This relationship resulted in the great lion of industry having his last public roar as together they manipulated the financial markets and created the impending collapse of the U.S. economy in the gold scandal of 1869. To avert the crash, President Ulysses S. Grant provides the richest man in America insider information on the Gold market and telegrams Vanderbilt that his railroad company is "Too Big To Fail!" Vanderbilt was proclaimed ‘The Savior of the American Economy’ for intervening in a crisis he helped create.
View Victorian America through the eyes and thoughts of one of its leading heroines. Watch as the infighting and elitism of the earliest suffrage women denigrating, castigating, and denouncing other passionate suffrage rights women delayed woman suffrage and equal legal standing for five decades. Learn wonderful anecdotes of the origins of products and phrases used today. Learn the story of The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the most popular man in America, who transformed Christianity from his father's Fire and Brimstone theology to one of a compassionate and loving Jesus, who will redeem all who turn to salvation with complete confession of their sins. The reverend's personal life did not imitate his lofty and popular theology of his weekly sermons at Plymouth Church. He was a notorious womanizer, often bedding, and sometimes impregnating the wives, sisters, and daughters of his most ardent backers and deacons of the church.
Written in the first person from Victoria's viewpoint, Neal Katz weaves a compelling page-turner story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride.
Neal Katz is a semi-retired, successful, serial entrepreneur, CEO with a passion for women rights. He lives a life based on self-awareness and Love. He practices Yoga, meditates daily, has taught A Course in Miracles, produced Oregon wines under the LOVE, a Wine Co. label, enjoys being a gourmet chef, recites Vedic sutras, and writes his own inspirational poetry.
The saga of Victoria Woodhull appealed to Neal, as it served three purposes. First, the story provokes public awareness of the historical and continuing denigration and subjugation of gender prejudice. Second, the tale exposes the historical basis for the manipulation of the “free markets” of stocks, bonds and commodities. Third, the story shows how existing financial and political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change. Victoria Woodhull overcame all these obstacles in a remarkable life.
This debut novel won 12 literary awards. OUTRAGEOUS, traces an icon of Victorian American feminism, Victoria Woodhull from childhood poverty and horrific abuse to becoming one of the wealthiest women in America, founding the first woman-owned brokerage firm on Wall Street, and the first woman-owned newspaper. Victoria will stop at nothing to achieve her destiny.
2016 Winner of three Gold Medals: IBPA Ben Franklin, Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a Publisher, the IPPY Award for Best Historical Fiction, and Gold Medal for Historical Fiction/Personage by Reader's Favorite. Other Awards: Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Second Place winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Fiction, Best New Fiction in the International Book Awards for 2016, Finalist in two categories Independent Author Network Book of the Year, Chantecleer Goethe Award Finalist, Shelf Unbound Notable 100, and one of IndieReader's Best Books of 2016.