|Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln
By Lynda Jones / National Geographic Children's Books
Few friendships stir up more scandal than an autobiography of a First Lady's confidante. Mrs. Keckley was a former slave who had been Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and friend during the White House years. How could such a bond have developed between a woman born into slavery and the First Lady of the United States? Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker answers this question by chronicling the lives of these women. Readers will be fascinated by a tale of friendship and fate of a pair of very different friends: Lizzie is calm, dignified, with a steely inner strength, while Mrs. Lincoln is fragile, unstable and flighty. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker examines the strains on such a unique friendship, as it's debated and parodied in newspapers. This book follows Elizabeth Keckley through her roles as fashion designer to abolitionist caretaker, and the many challenges faced alongside the First Lady. Handsome duotone illustrations include daguerreotypes, photos, paintings, and illustrations of the Lincoln's, Mrs. Keckley, and her masters. 80 pages, hardcover.