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Author Potter, Eliza.

Title A hairdresser's experience in high life / Eliza Potter ; edited and with an introduction by Xiomara Santamarina
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 214 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; A Note on the Text; INTRODUCTION; A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life; THE AUTHOR'S APPEAL; 1. My Debut; 2. England; 3. America; 4. Saratoga; 5. Leaving Saratoga -- Burning of the Baggage Car -- Visit to New York; 6. Newport -- The Maid's Story; 7. Minnie; 8. Natchez -- New Orleans; 9. Cincinnati; APPENDIX A: Biographical Information on Eliza Potter (1820?-1893); APPENDIX B: Newspaper Reviews of A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life; Notes
Summary Here is the first fully annotated edition of a landmark in early African American literature, the 1859 autobiography of Eliza Potter, a freeborn black woman who, as a hairdresser, was in a unique position to hear about, receive confidences from, and observe wealthy white women. Xiomara Santamarina provides an insightful introduction to this edition that includes newly discovered information about Potter, discusses the author's strong satirical voice and proud working-class status, and places the narrative in the context of 19th-century literature and history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Potter, Eliza.
Potter, Eliza. Hairdresser's experience in high life
African Americans -- Ohio -- Cincinnati -- Biography.
Beauty operators -- Ohio -- Cincinnati -- Biography.
Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Biography.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1783-1865.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Santamarina, Xiomara.
ISBN 080789866X (electronic bk.)
1469605317 (electronic bk.)
9780807898666 (electronic bk.)
9781469605319 (electronic bk.)
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