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The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstress

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The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstress

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The connection between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her African-American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley was a remarkably strong one, forged out of a common sense that they were both outsiders in Washington, DC.

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Under constant scrutiny, Mary Todd Lincoln spends her time quietly visiting the wounded during the Civil War. Driven by a great sense of duty to the troops, Eleanor Roosevelt risks her life to enter the Pacific theater. Thrust into a new role after 9/11, Laura Bush's compassion earns her the nickname, "Comforter in Chief." Join us as we celebrate these three extraordinary women, who served their country at a time when it was most needed, and helped the country cope through times of tragedy and trauma.

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