"Mrs.Lincoln's Dressmaker The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth & Mary Todd Lincoln"by Lynda Jones November/Decmeber 2016 AR Biography Activity

"Elizabeth was not thinking about the inauguration. Her mind was on something more important: her future. The attractive, elegantly dressed colored women, who had been a slave for 37 years, was now one of the most successful dressmakers in the city." (p.7-8)

Based upon the context clues, the word "elegantly" means tastefully fine or luxurious in dress and style.

"Her clientele included the wives of highly distinguished political and military figures. And today, she hoped to be hired by Maru Todd Lincoln, the newly elected President's wife." (p.8)

Based upon the context clues, the words "clientele" means a group or body of clients.

"Mrs. Lincoln and the couple's three sons, Robert, Tad, and Willie, sat on the platform on the Capitol steps. The ceremony began, and Lincoln took the oath of office. Then he gave his much anticipated inaugural address."(p.10)

Based upon the context clues, "anticipated" means to relieze beforehand.

"They were highly ambitious and shared a love of politics and poetry, Both were moody, both knew what it was like to lose a mother at a young age."(p.27)

Based upon the context clues, The word "ambitious" means an earnest desire for achievement or distinction.

The two had a tumultuous courtship and even seperated for a time, but they eventually overcame the obstacles. (p.27)

Based upon the context clues, the word "tumultuous" means disorderly or noisy.

"The attorney waved her away amd told her not to bring up the subject again, but she presisted."(p.32)

Based upon the context clues, the word "attorney" means a lawyer.

"Even though he agreed to vouch for Lizzie, he believed the abolitionist would convince her to stay in New York." (p.35)

Based upon the context clues, the word "abolitionist" means a person who supported the abolition of slavery in the US.

"In February 1850, Mary's life was shattered when four-year-old Eddie died of tuberculosis. Her father had died the previous summer, followed shortly by the death of her grandmother."(p.39)

Based upon the context clues, the word "tuberculosis" means an infectious disease that may affect almost any tissue of the body.




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