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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers) (Paperback)

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By Elizabeth Keckley, James Olney (Introduction by)
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Part slave narrative, part memoir, and part sentimental fiction, Behind the Scenes depicts Elizabeth Keckley's years as a slave and subsequent four years in Abraham Lincoln's White House during the Civil War. As public drama privately experienced, Keckley's work presents Jefferson Davis and
his wife, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, and even Stephen Douglas and Mrs. Senator Douglas in the foreground, with the war, and slavery as the issue that precipitated it, in the background. Through the eyes of this black woman--an ex-slave, seamstress, and dressmaker--we see a wide range
of historical figures and events of the antebellum South, the Washington of the Civil War years, and the final stages of the war.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780195060843
ISBN-10: 0195060849
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 1st, 1989
Pages: 404
Language: English
Series: Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers