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

by Keckley, Elizabeth and Foster, Francis Smith, ed.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Retail Price: $19.95
Issue: Summer 2002
ISBN: 0252070208

Elizabeth Keckley provides a contrast between her life as a slave and her life as a freed dressmaker. From her early years to her later friendship with Mary Todd Lincoln, Keckley's life is the pattern of a self-made woman as she buys her own freedom and becomes a friend to one of the most influential couples in history.

review of Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, by Keckley, Elizabeth, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2002).