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Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Memoirs of an African-American Seamstress

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    EXCELLENT BIOGRAPHY, MUST READ, BUT.....

    This book was very interesting. since it was a biography by a former slave. Some people may question the truth that Mrs. Lincoln would consider a former slave as The "But" in my headline comes from the fact that I read the historical novel, "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chevaneni first. Some people may question the truth that Mrs. Lincoln would consider a former slave as her best friend, but I believe Jennifer Chevaneni’s book proves its authenticity. Ms. Chevanaeni put a lot effort in her research but she did not go into detail about Ms. Keckley’s past as a slave. One very important detail in her book was that Ms. Keckley, after her editor’s pleading, gave him Mrs. Lincoln’s private letters to use as reference with the understanding they would not be printed in her book. When the book was published, she was devastated to see them published which caused her friendship with Mrs. Lincoln to end. “Behind the Scenes” was very interesting as a biography by a former slave who worked to educate herself, buy her and her son’s freedom and remain very close and loved by her former owners. her best friend. The "But" in my headline comes from the fact that I read "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chevaneni first. Ms. Chevanaeni did not go into detail

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Cover and graphics can be better illustraded

    Mrs. Keckley's insightful and firsthand account of the white house years and beyond, associated with President Lincoln and the first lady, fills in the gaps that history tends to create. What better way to get true source information from someone that actually was in close proximity to these giants of history. She does not gloss over Mrs. Lincoln's dependency and ultimate spiral downward just to be kind. I believe she is extremely truthful in her recollections of the couple and sympathetic to the first lady's ultimate dilema after President Lincoln's assasination.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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