Behind the Scenes Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

ISBN-10: 0143039245
ISBN-13: 9780143039242
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Originally published in 1868when it was attacked as an indecent book authored by a traitorous eavesdropperBehind the Scenesis 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 Lincolns assassination. In documenting that friendshipoften using the First Ladys own lettersBehind the Scenesfuses the slave narrative with the political memoir. It remains extraordinary for its poignancy, candor, and historical perspective.

William L. Andrews was born in 1946. He earned his B.A. from Davidson College in 1968. He received his M.A. in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1973, respectively, from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he is currently the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English. His first book, The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt, published in 1980, deals with a seminal figure in the development of African American and Southern American prose fiction. While researching To Tell a Free Story, a history of African American autobiography up to 1865, Andrews became greatly interested in autobiography studies. Since 1988 he has been the general editor of a book series, titled Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography, which is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Since the mid-1980's he has done a considerable amount of editing of African American and southern literature and criticism. The fruition of this work has been The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, published in 1997, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, also published in 1997, and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology, three big collaborative projects that Andrews has co-edited. He went on to be the series editor of North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920, a complete digitized library of autobiographies and biographies of North American slaves and ex-slaves, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ameritech, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Note on the Text
Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Behind the Scenes
Preface
Where I was born
Girlhood and its Sorrows
How I gained my Freedom
In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis
My Introduction to Mrs. Lincoln
Willie Lincoln's Death-bed
Washington in 1862-3
Candid Opinions
Behind the Scenes
The Second Inauguration
The Assassination of President Lincoln
Mrs. Lincoln leaves the White House
The Origin of the Rivalry between Mr. Douglas and Mr. Lincoln
Old Friends
The Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York
Letters from Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Keckley
Explanatory Notes

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