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A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life
Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography expresses her indignation, abolitionist sentiments, fiery temper, and sheer joy of life as she reveals the private selves of the white women whose heads she "combed." As an insider on the margins, her identity provides a unique vantage point for her story and that of the elites of nineteenth-century Cincinnati society.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 30th 1858)
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A fascinating look into the world of a free woman of color in the early 19th Century. Her observations on high society, as well as North vs. South cultures, slavery, and abolitionists are particularly interesting. A must read for anyone who wants to read a real voice from this time, and a look into elegant culture of pre-war America.