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Born a slave in Virginia, Elizabeth Keckley (c. 1824&endash;1907) went on to become a talented dressmaker and designer, with some 20 employees of her own. Catering to the wives, daughters, and sisters of Washington's political elite, she included among her clientele Mary Todd Lincoln, who became her close friend and confidante.
Keckley's behind-the-scenes view of wartime Washington not only provides fascinating glimpses of 19th-century America, but also offers candid observations on interracial relationships and the free black middle class. Here also are absorbing details of life in the Lincoln White House, as well as an insider's perspective on the men who made Civil War politics and the women who influenced them.
Reprint of Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, G. W. Carleton & Co., New York, 1868.
©2006. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 160 pages.
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