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Based on the letters and diaries of the Lee family---an intriguing story of the friendship between a mistress and her slave that transcended politics! Heiress Mary Custis Lee and housekeeper Selina meet as teacher and student. In the tumult of war, Mary becomes a Confederate refugee while Selina aspires to freedom. Will their friendship endure?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
A generals wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War.
Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and heiress to Virginias storied Arlington house and General Washingtons personal belongings.
Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children and eventually becomes Marys housekeeper and confidante. As Marys health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them.
Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures.
In a story spanning crude slave quarters, sunny schoolrooms, stately wedding parlors, and cramped birthing rooms, novelist Dorothy Love amplifies the astonishing true-life account of an extraordinary alliance and casts fresh light on the tumultuous years leading up to and through the wrenching battle for a nations soul.
A classic American tale, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray is the first novel to chronicle this beautiful fifty-year friendship forged at the crossroads of Americas journey from enslavement to emancipation.