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Behind the scenes : formerly a slave, but more recently modiste, and a friend to Mrs. Lincoln, or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House

Author: Elizabeth Keckley; Frances Smith Foster
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born into slavery, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (ca. 1824-1907) rose to a position of respect as a talented dressmaker and designer to the political elite of Washington, D.C., and a confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. In this unusual memoir, Keckley offers a rare, behind-the-scenes view of the formal and informal networks that African Americans established among themselves, as well as an insider's perspective of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Elizabeth Keckley; Mary Todd Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Elizabeth Keckley; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Keckley; Frances Smith Foster
ISBN: 0252070208 9780252070204
OCLC Number: 47696644
Notes: Originally published: New York : G.W. Carleton, 1868; this edition originally published: Chicago : R.R. Donnelly, 1998.
Description: lxvii, 270 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm.
Contents: I. Where I Was Born 9 --
II. Girlhood and Its Sorrows 18 --
III. How I Gained My Freedom 27 --
IV. In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis 42 --
V. My Introduction to Mrs. Lincoln 52 --
VI. Willie Lincoln's Deathbed 66 --
VII. Washington in 1862-1863 80 --
VIII. Candid Opinions 92 --
IX. Behind the Scenes 99 --
X. The Second Inauguration 114 --
XI. The Assassination of President Lincoln 129 --
XII. Mrs. Lincoln Leaves the White House 147 --
XIII. The Origin of the Rivalry Between Mr. Douglas and Mr. Lincoln 166 --
XIV. Old Friends 174 --
XV. The Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York 192.
Other Titles: Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House
Responsibility: Elizabeth Keckley ; edited by Frances Smith Foster.

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Written in a conversational, first-person narrative, it is the personal testimony of a woman who went from being a slave, to being the friend and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln during the Civil War,  Read more...

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