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Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley : the remarkable story of the friendship between a first lady and a former slave

Author: Jennifer Fleischner
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English
Database:WorldCat
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"I consider you my best living friend," Mary Lincoln wrote to Elizabeth Keckly in 1867, and indeed theirs was a close, if tumultuous, relationship. Born into slavery, mulatto Elizabeth Keckly was Mary Lincoln's dressmaker, confidante, and mainstay during the difficult years that the Lincolns occupied the White House and the early years of Mary's widowhood. But she was a fascinating woman in her own right,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Mary Todd Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln; Elizabeth Keckley; Elizabeth Keckley; Mary Todd Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Fleischner
OCLC Number: 53179727
Notes: Originally published: New York : Broadway Books, ©2003. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Jennifer Fleischner.

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"I consider you my best living friend," Mary Lincoln wrote to Elizabeth Keckly in 1867, and indeed theirs was a close, if tumultuous, relationship. Born into slavery, mulatto Elizabeth Keckly was Mary Lincoln's dressmaker, confidante, and mainstay during the difficult years that the Lincolns occupied the White House and the early years of Mary's widowhood. But she was a fascinating woman in her own right, independent and already well-established as the dressmaker to the Washington elite when she was first hired by Mary Lincoln upon her arrival in the nation's capital. Lizzy had bought her freedom in 1855 and come to Washington determined to make a life for herself as a free black ... Mary Lincoln had hired Lizzy in part because she was considered a "high society" seamstress and Mary, an outsider in Washington's social circles, was desperate for social cachet. With her husband struggling to keep the nation together, Mary turned increasingly to her seamstress for companionship, support, and advice-and over the course of those trying years, Lizzy Keckly became her confidante and closest friend. [In this book, the author] traces the pivotal events that enabled these two women-one born to be a mistress, the other to be a slave-to forge such an unlikely bond at a time when relations between blacks and whites were tearing the nation apart. Beginning with their respective childhoods in the slaveholding states of Virginia and Kentucky, their story takes us through the years of tragic Civil War, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the early Reconstruction period.-Dust jacket.

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