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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by [Keckley, Elizabeth]
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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House Kindle Edition

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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'New York Times Book Review

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The revealing memoir of a woman who bought her freedom from slavery and became a White House dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Born into slavery in Virginia, Elizabeth Keckley was whipped, sexually abused, and separated from her mother for long stretches of time. When her master eventually settled in St. Louis, Missouri, Keckley resolved to buy her freedom. She put to use her talents as a seamstress and found patrons among the wives of the city’s elite, eventually earning enough money to move with her young son to Washington, DC.
In the nation’s capital, Keckley started her own business and soon had commissions from the wives of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Stephen A. Douglas, and Edwin Stanton. Hired by Mary Todd Lincoln to be her personal modiste, Keckley formed a close friendship with the first lady, a relationship strengthened by the tragedies they endured together, including the deaths of their sons and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Published to great controversy in 1868, Behind the Scenes offers an intimate and revealing portrait of life inside the White House as well as the stirring story of one woman’s fight to rise above the horrors of slavery. Frequently cited in studies of the Civil War and biographies of the Lincolns, it is a must read for students of American history.
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2283 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (22 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018V77LRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #619,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful insight into history
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