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New Perspectives on the Union War$
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Gary W. Gallagher and Elizabeth R. Varon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823284542

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823284542.001.0001

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Elizabeth Keckly’s Union War

Elizabeth Keckly’s Union War

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(p.39) Elizabeth Keckly’s Union War
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New Perspectives on the Union War
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Tamika Y. Nunley

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284542.003.0003

This essay shows what the Union meant from the perspective of an African American woman. Elizabeth Keckly is most famous as Mary Lincoln’s seamstress and confidant, as a memoirist, and as a leader in Washington’s African American community. The essay places Keckly’s life and words into a broader historiographic context and argues that Keckly envisioned a Union of politicized African American men and women.

Keywords:   African American women, Civil War, Elizabeth Keckly, Mary Lincoln, politics

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