Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

Behind the Scenes

Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

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ISBN10: 0143039245 ISBN13: 9780143039242 Contributors: Andrews, William L. Publisher: Penguin Classics Published: Jul 26 2005 Pages: 168 Weight: 0.34lbs. Height: 7.50" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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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.

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