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The Resource Behind the scenes, : or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House, Elizabeth Keckley ; introduction and notes by William L. Andrews

Behind the scenes, : or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House, Elizabeth Keckley ; introduction and notes by William L. Andrews

Label
Behind the scenes, : or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House
Title
Behind the scenes,
Title remainder
or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Keckley ; introduction and notes by William L. Andrews
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This fascinating autobiography describes one woman's life as a slave and subsequently her four years in Lincoln's White House during the Civil War.
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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approximately 1818-1907
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keckley, Elizabeth
Dewey number
  • 306.362092
  • 306.3'62'092#
  • 306.362092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Andrews, William L.
Series statement
Penguin classics
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  • Keckley, Elizabeth
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Mary Todd
  • African American women
  • Slaves
  • Women slaves
  • Biography
  • Biography & non-fiction prose
  • Biography: general
  • United States of America, USA
  • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899
  • History of the Americas
  • Slavery & abolition of slavery
  • Ethnic studies
  • American Civil War and Reconstruction (18611877)
Summary expansion
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.First time in Penguin Classics
Label
Behind the scenes, : or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House, Elizabeth Keckley ; introduction and notes by William L. Andrews
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Previous ed. published: New York : G. W. Carleton, 1868
  • Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0006587965
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
New ed.
Extent
xxiv, 168 p.
Isbn
9780143039242
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004051363
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Behind the scenes, : or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House, Elizabeth Keckley ; introduction and notes by William L. Andrews
Publication
Note
  • Previous ed. published: New York : G. W. Carleton, 1868
  • Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0006587965
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
New ed.
Extent
xxiv, 168 p.
Isbn
9780143039242
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2004051363
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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