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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel



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Author
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Descriptors
African-Americans
Civil War
Friendship
Historical Fiction-American
Presidents-United States
Racism
Slavery
Location/Setting:
Illinois
Washington, D. C.
Time Period:
19th Century
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Summary
Former slave Elizabeth Keckley bought freedom for herself and her son. A talented seamstress she becomes the modiste (dressmaker) for Mrs. Jefferson Davis. However when the South secedes, Elizabeth stays in Washington D.C. and becomes the personal modiste for Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth shares many experiences with the Lincoln family in the White House, and she and Mrs. Lincoln become close friends. After the president is assassinated, Elizabeth leaves her successful business in Washington to stay with Mrs. Lincoln in Illinois.
Critique
An in-depth look at life in the White House during the Lincoln years. Historical fiction at its best. Recommend.
ISBN
9780525953616
  iBistro
# of Pages
356
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: ED CO MA


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