Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
By Jennifer Chiaverini
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780142180358, 356pp.)
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
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In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker "illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln's days.