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Keckley's descriptions of the Lincolns at home reveal touching, unguarded moments of laughter, discussion, and affection. She witnessed the grief of both parents at the death of their son Willie and Mary Todd's prostration after the president's assassination. In dire financial straits, Mary Todd turned to Keckley, who spent several months in New York helping the former First Lady sell her elegant clothing.
President of the Contraband Relief Association and a friend of Frederick Douglass and other prominent African-American leaders, Keckley emerges as a remarkable, resourceful, and principled woman who helped mediate between black and white communities. Frances Smith Foster's introduction traces the book's reception history and fills in biographical gaps in the text.
This depicts Elizabeth Keckley's years as a slave and her subsequent four years in Abraham Lincoln's White House during the Civil War (1861-1865).
Posted March 6, 2015
This first hand recount of the years of slavery and a look inside the Lincoln White House was most interesting. It tells how a smart and strong woman rose above her beginning. I am passing my book around. I feel this a must read. I learned about Elizabeth Keckley on a PBS program about people of North Carolina.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.