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The Resource Behind the scenes : thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/, Elizabeth Keckley

Behind the scenes : thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/, Elizabeth Keckley

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Behind the scenes : thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/
Title
Behind the scenes
Title remainder
thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Keckley
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From slavery to the White HouseIn her riveting memoir, Elizabeth Keckley (1818--1907) takes us behind the scenes of her amazing story, set against some of the most dramatic elements of American history. Following the arc of Keckley's eventful life, which began in slavery and saw her become dressmaker to the First Lady, her book's unique vantage point illustrates the country's violent transition from the slave era to emancipation. Born a slave in Dinwiddie, Virginia, Keckley describes the cruelties that tortured her body but failed to break her spirit. Sent with her master's family to Missouri, she became a skilled dressmaker whose designs were in high demand. In 1855, with loans from her clientele, Keckley secured freedom for herself and her son. By 1860, she had her own business in Washington, D.C. After Mrs. Lincoln wore Keckley's "rose-colored moire-antique" dress to the inauguration, Keckley became the First Lady's "modiste" (maker of fashionable dresses and hats). Keckley had a rare viewpoint on the workings of the White House. She witnessed first-hand the effects of the Lincolns' son Willie's death and the president's assassination, and became Mrs. Lincoln's confidante. Although Keckley greatly admired President Lincoln, her self-portrait of Mrs. Lincoln was more complex. In some of the book's most illuminating and then-controversial passages, Keckley writes with intimate detail about her relationship with the First Lady, including much of their deeply personal correspondence. Dramatic, revealing, and historically compelling, Behind the Scenes is a moving portrait of an extraordinary woman at a remarkable time in history
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
VALIL
Dewey number
  • 973.7/092/2
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Behind the scenes : thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/, Elizabeth Keckley
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Extent
  • 183 page, 22 cm.
  • 336 text
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435157095
Media category
still image
Media MARC source
rdxacontent
Media type code
sti
Other physical details
txt
System control number
(OCoLC)897835896
Label
Behind the scenes : thirty years a slave and four years in the Lincoln White House/, Elizabeth Keckley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Extent
  • 183 page, 22 cm.
  • 336 text
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435157095
Media category
still image
Media MARC source
rdxacontent
Media type code
sti
Other physical details
txt
System control number
(OCoLC)897835896

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