Tuesday, February 12, 2013
There was an interesting article on one of my quilting blogs about a free black woman who worked for Mary Todd Lincoln as her personal modiste (dressmaker) and became a good friend. Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest book, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker evidently chronicles her life in historical fiction. The following link gives more historical facts about her. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Keckly Although born a slave, Elizabeth Keckly was educated and worked as a dressmaker among society's elite. She published an autobiography which can be downloaded for the Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Scenes-...+years+a+slave This primary source, the recent novel and the Internet article might give us some insight into women's lives back then.
Posted by Frontier Women's Living History Assn. at 9:16 AM