Dorothy Rodham

Few mother-daughter journeys in American history have covered the distance from adversity to achievement as well as that of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her mother Dorothy Howell Rodham, who died Nov. 1 at 92. Born into an abusive family in Chicago in June 1919, Rodham was abandoned at 8 and took a train to California with her younger sister to live with their paternal grandparents. Unwanted there, she left at 14, in the depths of the Depression, to become a nanny while finishing high school. She returned to Chicago in 1937 to her mother's broken promise to fund...

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