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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

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

Tamika Y. Nunley

Fordham University Press

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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