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Behind the Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley
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Oct 21, 10

Read in October, 2010

This was a first-hand account Mary Lincoln's dressmaker with recollections about working in the White House and knowing Mary Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln. It begins with her life as a slave in childhood and early adult life. She bought her freedom, with the help of one of the women she had worked for. She also includes an account about visiting with family members of a family that had owned her and letters from them. They maintained a warm friendship. A previous master had beaten her. Unfortunately this was common practice. She gave birth to a child by a white master.

I had already read a few books about Mary Lincoln's life, so this book attracted my interest. Very good read and not very long.

I obtained this ebook from manybooks. It was a free, public-domain download, available in several ebook formats. Read on Kindle.
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