This is a fascinating account of two very different ladies; Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, and her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave. Early chapters alternate with the biographies of each woman as they grew up, with later chapters devoted to their adult years and their working relationship that grew into a friendship up through the presidency and after Lincoln's assassination. The book includes insights into the First Lady's relationship with President Lincoln, and her tendencies toward depression and mental instability. It also gives a detailed account of Elizabeth Keckley's interesting life as she overcame many hardships to become a loyal and stable force in Mrs. Lincoln's life, only to have her own life turned upside down by Mrs. Lincoln's instability. Very interesting book probably most appreciated by readers 6th grade and up.
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