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Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House is the life story of Elizabeth Keckley, a shrewd entrepreneur who, while enslaved, raised enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son. Working as a seamstress and dressmaker for the wives of influential politicians, Keckley helped organize an auction of dresses that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln, the former first lady. The auction elicited strong criticism from the Washington elite. Both a slave narrative and a defense of the motives behind the auction, the book prompted a great public outcry.

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Amazing Woman for Any Generation

Not your typical Slave Story. Reading about the resourceful and resilient life of Elizabeth Keckley during extremely oppressive times is inspiring. You will enjoy her personal insight at the Whitehouse also her unique vantage point during a critical time in our country's history. She brings the personal story of Mary Lincoln to us and shows her human frailty and grief. Very powerful.

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