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By Eliza Potter,Xiomara Santamarina

this is the 1st totally annotated version of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's adventure in excessive Life. Potter was once a freeborn black girl who, as a hairdresser, was once in a special place to listen to approximately, obtain confidences from, and become aware of filthy rich white women--and she recorded all of it in a revelatory e-book that overjoyed Cincinnati's gossip columnists on the time. yet extra vital is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning girl, happy with her paintings, who earned excessive pay and amassed quite a lot of cash as one of many nation's earliest "beauticians" at a time whilst such a lot black girls labored on the backside of the socioeconomic ladder. simply because her paintings provided insights into the personal lives of elite white ladies, Potter carved out a literary area that featured a black operating lady on the heart, instead of on the margins, of the era's changes in gender, race, and sophistication constitution. Xiomara Santamarina offers an insightful advent to this version that incorporates newly came across information regarding Potter, discusses the author's powerful satirical voice and proud working-class prestige, and locations the narrative within the context of nineteenth-century literature and history.

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