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Keckley, Elizabeth (c.1818–1907), seamstress, activist, and author. Elizabeth Keckley became a center of public controversy with the 1868 publication of Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Born a slave in Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia, Keckley became such an accomplished seamstress that she was able to purchase her own freedom and her son's. After manumission she moved from St. Louis to establish herself in Washington, D. C., in 1860, becoming modiste first to the wife of Mississippi Senator Jefferson Davis and finally to Mary Todd Lincoln during Abraham Lincoln's first term. Two-thirds of Behind the Scenes concerns Keckley's life with the Lincolns and the difficult period following the president's assassination, especially Mary Lincoln's desperate attempt to raise money through what became known as the “Old Clothes Scandal.” A misplaced trust in her editor, James Redpath, and the sensationalist marketing of Carleton and Company culminated in a furor, the as-advertised “literary thunderbolt”. Because of revelations about Mary Lincoln and the inclusion of her personal letters, Robert Lincoln pressured the publisher to remove Keckley's book from sale and terminated all relations with Keckley. After serving as Director of Domestic Arts at Wilberforce University, Keckley retired to Washington, D. C. While antebellum slave narratives treat slavery as an unadulterated evil and slaveowners as devilish, Keckley's and other post-Civil War narratives emphasize slavery as a school for instruction in self-reliance and hard work. Keckley's success, along with an awareness of the South brought low, allows her reconciling visit with the Garlands, her former owners. Although her sexual exploitation in slavery recalls that of her contemporary Harriet A. Jacobs, Keckley refuses to make black female sexuality an issue in Behind the Scenes, preferring instead to stress her achievement as a successful career woman in freedom.


 
Thirty Years a Slave: A Chapter In The Life OF Elizabeth Keckley
Set in 1800's America, A now free black woman is retelling her worst experience as a slave, where she was brutally punished for being "too proud" by the hands of her new master, his wife, and...
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Behind the Scenes Full Audiobook by Elizabeth KECKLEY by Non-fiction Audiobook
SUBSCRIBE HERE https://goo.gl/uOq9vg TO OUR CHANNEL. FRESH CONTENT UPLOADED DAILY. Behind the Scenes, Elizabeth KECKLEY (1818 - 1907) This is the autobiography of Elizabeth Keckley, a former...
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Behind the Scenes, Part 1 by Elizabeth Keckley #audiobook
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Civil War Fashion: The Keckley Quilt
A segment from the video tour of the KSU Museum's exhibit "On the Home Front." This segment focuses on a quilt that is attributed to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley and purported to be made from scraps...
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Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Keckley
A Black History Presentation by Mrs. Stacie Johnson.
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Elizabeth Keckleys Journey
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Elizabeth Keckley audition
Conversation with Frederick Douglas.
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Lincolns Blood (Full Show) by Garrett Heater
The assassination of President Lincoln triggered a plethora of tragedies with those most closely associated with his death. Major Rathbone (Darian Sundberg) and his fiance Clara Harris (Maya...
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History on Foot Walking Tour at Fords Theatre: A Free Black Woman Elizabeth Keckly
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Hearts and Hands: 19th Century Women and Their Quilts - New Day Films - Womens Studies - Arts
To purchase this film visit: https://www.newday.com/film/hearts-and-hands Hearts & Hands dramatically presents a vital part of American history only now beginning to be told -- the role played...
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My Dear Mother
Elizabeth Keckly was a remarkable woman who was born into slavery in 1818 just south of the major market center of Petersburg, Virginia. She learned her craft—sewing—from her mother, who...
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Mary Todd Lincoln Fashion Showcase
A unique event hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum that showcases the style of clothes worn by the President's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Photographed & Edited by Nathan Luber....
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Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body
Join us for a discussion led by a panel of community organizers, scholars, and artists as we investigate depictions of the black female body in art and in United States' popular culture....
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Behind the Scenes, Part 2 by Elizabeth Keckley #audiobook
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Take TWO: Rebecca Wright talks about Elizabeth Keckley
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Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body (short)
Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body Friday, March 17, 2017 6:00pm 8:00pm UICA Members: Free Public: Free with gallery admission Join us for a discussion led by...
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Elizabeth Keckly
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Libertad Presents: Storytelling w/ Freedom Fighter Harriet Tubman & Seamstress Elizabeth Keckley
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Download Behind the scenes By Elizabeth Keckley Or, Thirty years a slave, and four years in the Wh
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Staff Pick: Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House by Elizabeth Keckley
Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features a winding staircase and 34-foot tower of books about Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written.
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