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By Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

ISBN-10: 1230365222

ISBN-13: 9781230365220

ISBN-10: 1297552431

ISBN-13: 9781297552434

this is the 1st absolutely annotated version of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's event in excessive Life. Potter used to be a freeborn black girl who, as a hairdresser, was once in a different place to listen to approximately, obtain confidences from, and detect prosperous white women--and she recorded all of it in a revelatory ebook that thrilled Cincinnati's gossip columnists on the time. yet extra vital is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning lady, happy with her paintings, who earned excessive pay and collected rather a lot of cash as one of many nation's earliest "beauticians" at a time whilst such a lot black ladies labored on the backside of the socioeconomic ladder. simply because her paintings provided insights into the non-public lives of elite white ladies, Potter carved out a literary house that featured a black operating lady on the middle, instead of on the margins, of the era's variations in gender, race, and sophistication constitution. Xiomara Santamarina presents an insightful creation to this variation that incorporates newly came upon information regarding Potter, discusses the author's powerful satirical voice and proud working-class prestige, and areas the narrative within the context of nineteenth-century literature and history.

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By Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

ISBN-10: 1230365222

ISBN-13: 9781230365220

ISBN-10: 1297552431

ISBN-13: 9781297552434

this is the 1st absolutely annotated version of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's event in excessive Life. Potter used to be a freeborn black girl who, as a hairdresser, was once in a different place to listen to approximately, obtain confidences from, and detect prosperous white women--and she recorded all of it in a revelatory ebook that thrilled Cincinnati's gossip columnists on the time. yet extra vital is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning lady, happy with her paintings, who earned excessive pay and collected rather a lot of cash as one of many nation's earliest "beauticians" at a time whilst such a lot black ladies labored on the backside of the socioeconomic ladder. simply because her paintings provided insights into the non-public lives of elite white ladies, Potter carved out a literary house that featured a black operating lady on the middle, instead of on the margins, of the era's variations in gender, race, and sophistication constitution. Xiomara Santamarina presents an insightful creation to this variation that incorporates newly came upon information regarding Potter, discusses the author's powerful satirical voice and proud working-class prestige, and areas the narrative within the context of nineteenth-century literature and history.

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