Whatever the evidence against her, whatever the true nature or severity of her debility—and scholars continue to heatedly debate this issue—Mary Lincoln was not given a fair opportunity to oppose her own legal kidnapping.
Mrs. Lincoln, A Life, by Catherine Clinton.
Y’all, this bio of Mary Lincoln is fascinating. Clinton does a wonderful job of depicting Mrs. Lincoln as a real, flawed person, although not quite as flawed as some past historians would have us believe.
After reading this, I now want to learn more about Elizabeth Keckley, the former slave who was Mary Lincoln’s dressmaker and close friend for some years.