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

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

Elizabeth Keckley

University of North Carolina Press

This text contains the life story of Elizabeth Keckley. She was born in the early nineteenth century. She experienced harsh treatment under slavery. She managed to raise money through loans from customers from her dressmaking activities to purchase freedom for herself and her son. She moved to Washington D.C. and set up a dressmaking shop. This is where she encountered Mary Todd Lincoln. This book was published partly to raise funds for Mrs Lincoln and to counter criticism of her. The reaction to the book was extremely negative and her business floundered.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Keckley, slavery, dressmaking, Mary Todd Lincoln, criticism, narrative

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