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Behind the Scenes
Autobiography of former slave Elizabeth Keckley

LibriVox recording of Behind the Scenes, by Elizabeth Keckley.

This is the autobiography of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who bought her freedom with the money she earned as a seamstress. She eventually worked for Mary Lincoln. It is a fascinating book, filled with many recollections of her own life and her interactions with the Lincolns and other members of the government elite. (summary by Guero)

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  1. 00 - Preface (8.2Mb)
  2. 00 - Preface (4.2Mb)
  3. 01 - Ch. 1 - Where I was Born (18.4Mb)
  4. 01 - Ch. 1 - Where I was Born (9.3Mb)
  5. 02 - Ch. 2 - Girlhood and its Sorrows (11Mb)
  6. 02 - Ch. 2 - Girlhood and its Sorrows (5.6Mb)
  7. 03 - Ch. 3 - How I Gained My Freedom (18Mb)
  8. 03 - Ch. 3 - How I Gained My Freedom (9.1Mb)
  9. 04 - Ch. 4 - In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis (12.5Mb)
  10. 04 - Ch. 4 - In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis (6.4Mb)
  11. 05 - Ch. 5 - My Introduction to Mrs. Lincoln (13.6Mb)
  12. 05 - Ch. 5 - My Introduction to Mrs. Lincoln (6.9Mb)
  13. 06 - Ch. 6 - Willie Lincoln's Death-Bed (16.4Mb)
  14. 06 - Ch. 6 - Willie Lincoln's Death-Bed (8.3Mb)
  15. 07 - Ch. 7 - Washington 1862-3 (13.2Mb)
  16. 07 - Ch. 7 - Washington 1862-3 (6.7Mb)
  17. 08 - Ch. 8 - Candid Opinions (13Mb)
  18. 08 - Ch. 8 - Candid Opinions (6.6Mb)
  19. 09 - Ch. 9 - Behind the Scenes (12.3Mb)
  20. 09 - Ch. 9 - Behind the Scenes (6.2Mb)
  21. 10 - Ch. 10 - The Second Inauguration (20.4Mb)
  22. 10 - Ch. 10 - The Second Inauguration (10.3Mb)
  23. 11 - Ch. 11 - The Assassination of President Lincoln (27Mb)
  24. 11 - Ch. 11 - The Assassination of President Lincoln (13.6Mb)
  25. 12 - Ch. 12 - Mrs. Lincoln Leaves the White House (25Mb)
  26. 12 - Ch. 12 - Mrs. Lincoln Leaves the White House (12.6Mb)
  27. 13 - Ch. 13 - Origin of the Rivalry btwn. Mr. Douglas & Mr. Lincoln (11.3Mb)
  28. 13 - Ch. 13 - Origin of the Rivalry btwn. Mr. Douglas & Mr. Lincoln (5.8Mb)
  29. 14 - Ch. 14 - Old Friends (24.2Mb)
  30. 14 - Ch. 14 - Old Friends (12.2Mb)
  31. 15 - Ch. 15 Part 1 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York (30.6Mb)
  32. 15 - Ch. 15 Part 1 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York (15.4Mb)
  33. 16 - Ch. 15 Part 2 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York (26.3Mb)
  34. 16 - Ch. 15 Part 2 - Secret History of Mrs. Lincoln's Wardrobe in New York (13.2Mb)
  35. 17 - Appendix - Letters from Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Keckley (35.5Mb)
  36. 17 - Appendix - Letters from Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Keckley (17.8Mb)

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