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The Seamstress


For thirty years of her life, Elizabeth Keckley dreamed of freedom. Born into slavery in 1818, she used her tenacity, perseverance, and inventiveness to become a free woman—and the dressmaker and friend to the First Lady of the United States. Elizabeth created the most elegant dresses in Washington D.C., but her path to the White House was incredibly difficult. This is the story of her journey, with experiences shared by many other enslaved people, during a pivotal time in U.S. history.

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Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. 


This episode was hosted by Alyssa Yeoman, written by Heidi Coburn, and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.