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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Uitgever: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. Keckley had moved to Washington in after buying her freedom and that of her son in St.

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She created an independent business in the capital based on clients who were the wives of the government elite. It was both a slave narrative and a portrait of the First Family, especially Mary Todd Lincoln, and is considered controversial for breaking privacy about them.

It was also her claim as a businesswoman to be part of the new mixed-race, educated middle-class that was visible among the leadership of the black community. By Nancy Wartik.

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Mary Todd Lincoln, his widow, was cloistered in the White House, wailing in grief, unable to reach her closest confidante: her dressmaker. She survived rape and years of beatings, going on to start her own business and eventually buying her way out of captivity. Then she earned a place as one of the reigning couturiers of high society in Washington. One of a relatively small number of literate slaves, Keckly was also among the first African-American women to publish a book.

Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly suffered for it: Reviewers lambasted the book — and her — when it came out, and it soon disappeared from bookstores.

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There were two categories: the faithful Negro servant or the angry Negro servant. Keckly was neither servant, nor faithful, nor angry.

She presented herself, the White House and Mary Lincoln as she saw and knew them. Here, as in all things pertaining to life, I can afford to be charitable. Louis, this 25th day of April, eighteen hundred and fifty-four.

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Lincoln's former dressmaker, were you not? OME of the freedmen and freedwomen had exaggerated ideas of liberty. To them it was a beautiful vision, a land of sunshine, rest, and glorious promise.

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The first paroxysm of grief was scarcely over, when a carriage stopped in front of the house; Mrs. Agnes did not tell Keckley her father's true identity until on her own deathbed, although it was ''obvious'' by Elizabeth's appearance that he was white. The streets of the capital were thronged with people, for this was Inauguration day. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. I was fortunate in obtaining work, and in a short time I had acquired something of a reputation as a seamstress and dress-maker.

They flocked to Washington, and since their extravagant hopes were not realized, it was but natural that many of them should bitterly feel their disappointment. The colored people are wedded to associations, His voice is silent in the hall Which oft, his presence graced; No more he'll hear the loud acclaim Which rang from place to place. No squeamish notions filled his breast, The Union was his theme ; No surrender and no compromise," His day-thought and night's dream.

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If you are Mrs. Keckley, come with me immediately to the White House. Everything about the building was sad and solemn. I was quickly shown to Mrs. Lincoln's room, and on entering, saw Mrs.

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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House Paperback – May 25, An autobiographical narrative, Behind the Scenes traces Elizabeth Keckley's life from her enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as seamstress to Mary Todd. Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House [ Elizabeth Keckley] on wamadawipu.cf *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

The room was darkened, and the only person in it besides the widow of the President was Mrs. Secretary Welles, who had spent the night with her.