"On November 15, 1855 Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley’s emancipation deed was signed. This marked the beginning of a new life in freedom that was full of accomplishments as a successful entrepreneur, a generous philanthropist, publisher, and author. Although more well-known for her relationship with President Lincoln’s wife as her primary confidante and dressmaker, she was also a generous philanthropist and assisted former enslaved people who had escaped from the south during the Civil War."
"Her business savvy and personality enabled her to develop a very close personal relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln as her primary confidante. Keckley’s memoir, Behind the scenes; or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House, documents the domestic life of the Lincolns during their White House tenure. Her memoir also notes that her success as an entrepreneur served as the foundation for her philanthropy."
Portrait cited on LOC page as : "Behind the scenes. By Elizabeth Keckley… Or, Thirty years a slave, and four years in the White House. Frontispiece. New York: G. W. Carleton & Co., 1868."
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