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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date September 1, 2011
Pages 164
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807869635
ISBN-10 0807869635
Dimensions 0.50 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $26.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Behind the Scenes is the life story of Elizabeth Keckley, a shrewd entrepreneur who, while enslaved, raised enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son. Keckley moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a seamstress and dressmaker for the wives of influential politicians. She eventually became a close confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. Several years after President Lincoln's assassination, when Mrs. Lincoln's financial situation had worsened, Keckley helped organize an auction of the former first lady's dresses, eliciting strong criticism from members of the Washington elite. Behind the Scenes is, therefore, both a slave narrative and Keckley's attempt to defend the motives behind the auction. However, the book's publication prompted an even greater public outcry, with the added racial subtext of white society's disdain for Keckley's audacity in publishing details of the Lincolns' private lives. Keckley's dressmaking business failed, the Lincoln family cut all ties with her, and she lived out her final days in a home for the indigent. Scholars have acknowledged the book's valuable account of slave life as well as its intimate view into the Lincoln White House. Biographers of the Lincolns have quoted extensively from Keckley's text.

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Hardcover
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from Cosimo Inc (November 30, 2009); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781605209302 | details & prices | 156 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $29.99
About: ELIZABETH HOBBS KECKLEY (1818-1907), dressmaker to the elite of Washington D.
from Indypublish.Com (August 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781437838671 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $95.99
from Kessinger Pub Co (June 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9780548962602 | details & prices | 366 pages | List price $48.95
About: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
from Scholarly Pub Office Univ of (January 31, 2001); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781418114732 | details & prices | 384 pages | List price $39.95
About: This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.
from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (April 14, 1988)
9780195052596 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $150.00
About: A seamstress and friend of Mrs.
Paperback
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The price comparison is for this edition
from Univ of North Carolina Pr (September 1, 2011); titled "Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9780807869635 | details & prices | 164 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Behind the Scenes is the life story of Elizabeth Keckley, a shrewd entrepreneur who, while enslaved, raised enough money to purchase freedom for herself and her son.
from Createspace Independent Pub (April 27, 2011); titled "Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781461059738 | details & prices | 118 pages | 7.75 × 9.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.99
About: This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known.
from Cosimo Inc (May 31, 2009); titled "Behind the Scenes Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781605204239 | details & prices | 156 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $7.99
from Echo Library (December 31, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781406875775 | details & prices | 123 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $9.90
About: Originally published in 1868—when it was attacked as an “indecent book” authored by a “traitorous eavesdropper”—Behind the Scenes is the story of Elizabeth Keckley, who began her life as a slave and became a privileged witness to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
from Dodo Pr (October 15, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House"
9781409907510 | details & prices | 162 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.99
from Indypublish.Com (August 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781437838473 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $89.99
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
from Diggory Pr (April 30, 2008); titled "Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781847780614 | details & prices | 108 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $9.99
About: Contents: Where I was born - Girlhood and its Sorrows - How I gained my Freedom - In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis - My Introduction to Mrs.
from Kessinger Pub Co (October 30, 2007); titled "Behind The Scenes, Or Thirty Years A Slave And Four Years In The White House"
9780548638033 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $33.95
from Scholarly Pub Office Univ of (September 30, 2006); titled "Behind the Scenes. Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House."
9781425539719 | details & prices | 380 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $26.99
With William L. Andrews | from Penguin Classics (July 26, 2005); titled "Behind The Scenes: Or, Thirty Years A Slave, And Four Years in the White House"
9780143039242 | details & prices | 168 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $14.00
About: A seamstress and friend of Mrs.
With James Olney (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (December 14, 1989); titled "Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9780195060843 | details & prices | 4.50 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $24.99
About: A seamstress and friend of Mrs.
from Createspace Independent Pub (January 1, 1868); titled "Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House"
9781466247482 | details & prices | 180 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $22.95
About: I HAVE often been asked to write my life, as those who know me know that it has been an eventful one.

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