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Keckley, Elizabeth approximately 1818-1907

Overview
Works: 34 works in 150 publications in 2 languages and 11,126 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E457.15, 973.70922
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Most widely held works by Elizabeth Keckley
Behind the scenes : or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley( Book )
39 editions published between 1868 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Behind the Scenes is the life story of Elizabeth Keckley, a shrewd entrepreneur who, while enslaved, raised enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son. Keckley moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a seamstress and dressmaker fo
Behind the scenes in the Lincoln White House : memoirs of an African-American seamstress by Elizabeth Keckley( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Behind the Scenes : Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the Lincoln White House by Elizabeth Keckley( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
From slavery to the White HouseIn her riveting memoir, Elizabeth Keckley (1818--1907) takes us behind the scenes of her amazing story, set against some of the most dramatic elements of American history. Following the arc of Keckley's eventful life, which began in slavery and saw her become dressmaker to the First Lady, her book's unique vantage point illustrates the country's violent transition from the slave era to emancipation. Born a slave in Dinwiddie, Virginia, Keckley describes the cruelties that tortured her body but failed to break her spirit. Sent with her master's family to Missouri, she became a skilled dressmaker whose designs were in high demand. In 1855, with loans from her clientele, Keckley secured freedom for herself and her son. By 1860, she had her own business in Washington, D.C. After Mrs. Lincoln wore Keckley's "rose-colored moire-antique" dress to the inauguration, Keckley became the First Lady's "modiste" (maker of fashionable dresses and hats). Keckley had a rare viewpoint on the workings of the White House. She witnessed first-hand the effects of the Lincolns' son Willie's death and the president's assassination, and became Mrs. Lincoln's confidante. Although Keckley greatly admired President Lincoln, her self-portrait of Mrs. Lincoln was more complex. In some of the book's most illuminating and then-controversial passages, Keckley writes with intimate detail about her relationship with the First Lady, including much of their deeply personal correspondence. Dramatic, revealing, and historically compelling, Behind the Scenes is a moving portrait of an extraordinary woman at a remarkable time in history
Behind the scenes, or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the white by Elizabeth Keckley( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
De l'esclavage à la Maison-Blanche : souvenirs d'Elizabeth Keckley by Elizabeth Keckley( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Behind the scenes in the Lincoln White House thirty years a slave and four years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
An autobiographical narrative, Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House traces Elizabeth Keckley's life from her enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln in the White House during Abraham Lincoln's administration. It was quite controversial at the time of its release'an uncompromising work that transgressed Victorian boundaries between public and private life, and lines of race, gender, and society
Behind the scenes.: By Elizabeth Keckley. Or, Thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
(dlps) ABN9052.0001.001
 
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Alternative Names
Garland, Elizabeth approximately 1818-1907
Garland, Lizzie approximately 1818-1907
Garland, Lizzy approximately 1818-1907
Hobbs Keckley, Elizabeth 1818-1907
Keckley, Elizabeth ca. 1818-1907
Keckley, Elizabeth H.
Keckley, Lizzie 1818-1907
Keckley, Lizzie approximately 1818-1907
Keckley, Lizzy 1818-1907
Keckley, Lizzy approximately 1818-1907
Keckly, Elizabeth 1818-1907
Keckly, Elizabeth approximately 1818-1907
Keckly, Lizzie approximately 1818-1907
Keckly, Lizzy approximately 1818-1907
Languages
English (138)
French (1)
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