Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

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This fascinating autobiography describes one woman's life as a slave and subsequently her four years in Lincoln's White House during the Civil War. Through the eyes of this black woman, a seamstress and dressmaker who was only a few years removed from being a 'slave for life', we see historical figures and events ranging from the Lincolns in their private chambers to the return to Richmond after the fall of the Confederate capital.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 13mm | 162g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143039245
  • 9780143039242
  • 629,971

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About Elizabeth H. Keckley

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born in slavery in Virginia around 1818 and purchased her freedom in 1855. Keckley's memoir Behind the Scenes was published in 1868. The book included revelations about Mary Lincoln's private life, and, feeling betrayed, the former First Lady shunned Keckley. Her dressmaking business declined, and she died in poverty in 1907 at the Home for Destitute Women and Children in Washington, one of the institutions she had helped to found.
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2,154 ratings
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2 7% (150)
1 2% (33)
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