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Behind the Scenes

Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Ch. 1 - Where I was Born
3. 02 - Ch. 2 - Girlhood and its Sorrows
4. 03 - Ch. 3 - How I Gained My Freedom
5. 04 - Ch. 4 - In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis
6. 05 - Ch. 5 - My Introduction to Mrs. Lincoln
7. 06 - Ch. 6 - Willie Lincoln's Death-Bed
8. 07 - Ch. 7 - Washington 1862-3
9. 08 - Ch. 8 - Candid Opinions
10. 09 - Ch. 9 - Behind the Scenes
11. 10 - Ch. 10 - The Second Inauguration
12. 11 - Ch. 11 - The Assassination of President Lincoln
13. 12 - Ch. 12 - Mrs. Lincoln Leaves the White House
14. 13 - Ch. 13 - Origin of the Rivalry btwn. Mr. Douglas & Mr. Lincoln
15. 14 - Ch. 14 - Old Friends
16. 15 - Ch. 15 Part 1 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York
17. 16 - Ch. 15 Part 2 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York
18. 17 - Appendix - Letters from Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Keckley

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Summary

This is the autobiography of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who bought her freedom with the money she earned as a seamstress. She eventually worked for Mary Lincoln. It is a fascinating book, filled with many recollections of her own life and her interactions with the Lincolns and other members of the government elite.