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Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House
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Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

Elizabeth Keckley

Abstract

This 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 for the wives of influential politicians. She eventually became a close confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Several years after President Lincoln's assassination, when Mrs Lincoln's financial situation had worsened, Keckley helped organize an auction of the former first lady's dresses, eliciting strong criticism from members of the Washington elite. This book is, t ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth Keckley, entrepreneur, seamstress, dressmaker, Mary Todd Lincoln, slave narrative, slave life, White House

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807869635
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869642_keckley

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Keckley, author

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