Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave

December 5, 2009

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Jennifer Fleischner, a literary scholar and advisor to the Library of Congress's Lincoln bicentennial exhibition, With Malice Toward None, tells the fascinating story of the relationship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckly, a seamstress and former slave. Professor Fleischner's book on Lincoln and Keckly, which was nominated for the Lincoln Prize, places the women in historical context of slavery and emancipation and draws a sensitive portrait of race relations during the mid-nineteenth century.

This program is supported in part by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

Recorded Saturday, December 05, 2009 at The Newberry Library.