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The story of a slave who bought her freedom and became the dressmaker and confidant of the First Lady, Mrs. Lincoln – based on her 1868, tell-all book: Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four at the White House.

Elizabeth Keckley, who was known affectionately by Abraham Lincoln as "Madam 'Lizabeth" was a modiste for the glamorous wives of both the Union and the Confederacy. Soon, she found herself working at the White House.

While Mr. Lincoln agonized over the war effort, his wife was entertaining crowds of male "suitors." Mrs. Lincoln explained to Elizabeth that this was all "political." But we're about to see a new side to politics, all from the perspective of a former slave.


Prepare to meet an extraordinarily strong, black woman. You're going to hear her thoughts and opinions in her own words - adapted from a memoir written a century and a half ago.


Watch as she helps alter the course of history.

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