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[BIPOC] Keckley, Elizabeth
Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House
New York: G.W. Carleton & Co, 1868. First edition. Fine. Original publisher's cloth binding with bright gilt to spine and boards stamped in blind. Blue endpapers. Bookplate of the well-known Lincoln and Civil War collector John Friend Lodge to front pastedown; contemporary ownership signature to front endpaper. Internally an astonishingly bright and fresh copy, with no marking or foxing, and only an occasional ghost of offsetting at headers. Collating xvi, 371, [1, blank], 8: complete, including half-title and frontis, and the publisher's catalogue to rear. An exceptional copy of a book rarely found in collectible condition, documenting the story of a formerly enslaved woman who rose to influence in Washington during the Lincoln presidency.Born into slavery in Virginia, Elizabeth Keckley's skill as a dressmaker won her both monetary and social rewards; she was able to self-emancipate in 1855, and soon after she was able to gain commissions from some of Virginia and Washington, DC's leading socialites, with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln the most dedicated among them. Aware of the privileged position she was in, Keckley was not satisfied with merely improving her own situation. "Concerned with the welfare of formerly enslaved people who flooded into Washington during the Civil War, in 1862 Keckley founded the Contraband Relief Association, which offered food, clothing, and shelter to the most destitute segments of the African American population. Keckley was able to recruit support for the association from figures such as Frederick Douglass, Wendell Phillips, and President a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]

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