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Behind The Scenes
     

Behind The Scenes

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by Elizabeth Keckley
 

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Born into slavery, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (ca. 1824-1907) rose to a position of respect as a talented dressmaker and designer to the political elite of Washington, D.C., and a confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. In this unusual memoir, Keckley offers a rare, behind-the-scenes view of the formal and informal networks that African Americans established among

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Born into slavery, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (ca. 1824-1907) rose to a position of respect as a talented dressmaker and designer to the political elite of Washington, D.C., and a confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. In this unusual memoir, Keckley offers a rare, behind-the-scenes view of the formal and informal networks that African Americans established among themselves, as well as an insider's perspective of the men who made Civil War politics and the women who influenced them.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604444599
Publisher:
IndoEuropeanPublishing
Publication date:
03/07/2011
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818—1907) was born a slave near Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia, and, after purchasing her freedom, became head of the Domestic Science Department at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of To Tell a Free Story and editor or coeditor of more than thirty books on African American literature.

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Behind The Scenes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mosesmom More than 1 year ago
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.