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Behind the scenes : or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House

Author: Elizabeth Keckley
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
Series: Schomburg library of nineteenth-century Black women writers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This fascinating autobiography describes one woman's life as a slave and subsequently her four years as seamstress in Lincoln's White House during the Civil War, offering a unique view of historical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln; Elizabeth Keckley; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln; Elizabeth Keckley; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Keckley
ISBN: 0195052595 9780195052596 0195052676 9780195052671 0195060849 9780195060843
OCLC Number: 16083901
Description: xvi, 371 pages : portrait ; 17 cm.
Contents: Part slave narrative, part memoir, and part sentimental fiction, Behind the Scenes depicts Elizabeth Keckley's years as a slave and subsequent four years in Abraham Lincoln's White House during the Civil War. As public drama privately experienced, Keckley's work presents Jefferson Davis and his wife, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, and even Stephen Douglas and "Mrs. Senator Douglas" in the foreground, with the war, and slavery as the issue that precipitated it, in the background. Through the eyes of this black woman --
an ex-slave, seamstress, and dressmaker --
we see a wide range of historical figures and events of the antebellum South, the Washington of the Civil War years, and the final stages of the war.
Series Title: Schomburg library of nineteenth-century Black women writers.
Other Titles: Behind the scenes; or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House
Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House
Responsibility: Elizabeth Keckley ; with an introduction by James Olney.
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"Invaluable...Elizabeth Keckley's memoir of her life as a White House dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln...[is a] curious gem"--Eric J. Sundquist in The New York Times Book Review "A remarkable vantage Read more...

 
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