Elizabeth Keckley: A Brief Biography

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Title During and after the civil war, freed slaves had lots of trouble finding jobs and making a living. Elizabeth Keckley, however, was ahead of the curve. She climbed her way to the top, where she had a major influence on the first lady, and in turn had major influence on the president. This didn’t just fall in to her lap though. The White House didn’t hire her as a dressmaker, and unoffial aide to Mary Todd Lincoln to try and prove their support for the end of slavery. Her strong-willed personality and determination led her to a very successful life even though she was a former slave. Elizabeth, who was born into slavery, didn’t taste freedom until she was much older. Seperated from her father, she and her mother were owned by a
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