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People/Characters: Elizabeth Keckly

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smithas Elizabeth Keckley
Assassin by Anna Myersas Elizabeth Keckley
Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth KeckleyElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckley
Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Jr. Edward Steers
The Emancipator's Wife by Barbara Hamblyas Lizabet Keckley
Freedom by William SafireElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckly
The insanity file : the case of Mary Todd Lincoln by Mark E. Neely Jr.as Elizabeth Keckley
The Last Lincolns: The Rise & Fall of a Great American Family by Charles LachmanElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckly
Lincoln as I Knew Him: Gossip, Tributes and Revelations from His Best Friends and Worst Enemies by Harold Holzeras Elizabeth Keckley
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
Many thousand gone; the ex-slaves' account of their bondage and freedom by Charles Harold NicholsElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckly
I Mary; a biography of the girl who married Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Painter Randallas Elizabeth Keckley
Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave by Jennifer Fleischner
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln by Lynda JonesElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckly
They Have Killed Papa Dead! by Anthony Pitch
The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln by Samuel Agnew Schreineras Elizabeth Keckley
An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley by Ann RinaldiElizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs Keckly
We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends by David Herbert Donald

Character description

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (sometimes spelled Keckly; February 1818 – May 1907)[2] was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civic activist and author in Washington, DC. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady. Keckley had moved to Washington in 1860 after buying her freedom and that of her son in St. Louis. She created an independent business in the capital based on clients who were the wives of the government elite. Among them were Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis; and Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee.

After the American Civil War, Keckley wrote and published an autobiography, Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868). It was both a slave narrative and a portrait of the First Family, especially Mary Todd Lincoln, and considered controversial for breaking privacy about them. It was also her claim as a businesswoman to be part of the new mixed-race, educated middle-class that were visible among the leadership of the black community.

Elizabeth Keckley in Wikipedia

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