Potter, a mulatto, grew up in New York. Upon marriage she moved to Philadelphia and gave birth to two mulatto children; however, she soon gave up the married life to go "roving". Potter's autobiography provides an intimate glimpse of the experiences of a mixed-race beautician at the hands of her white employers in Cincinnati. She also travelled widely, and recorded the various social customs of New York, Saratoga, Canada, Paris and London.
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