Behind The Scenes: Or, Thirty Years A Slave, And Four Years in the White House
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A seamstress and friend of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln describes her days as a slave and her memories of the Lincolns.
Originally published in 1868--when it was attacked as an "indecent book" authored by a "traitorous eavesdropper"--Behind the Scenes is the story of Elizabeth Keckley, who began her life as a slave and became a privileged witness to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Keckley bought her freedom at the age of thirty-seven and set up a successful dressmaking business in Washington, D.C. She became modiste to Mary Todd Lincoln and in time her friend and confidante, a relationship that continued after Lincoln's assassination. In documenting that friendship--often using the First Lady's own letters--Behind the Scenes fuses the slave narrative with the political memoir. It remains extraordinary for its poignancy, candor, and historical perspective.First time in Penguin Classics
|Number of Pages:||168|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Author:||Keckley, Elizabeth , Andrews, William L.|
|Series Title:||Penguin Classics|
|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publication Date:||July, 2005|
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