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Slaves who had been freed or whose freedom had been purchased had equal opportunity to become well-to-do members of society. This rare daguerreotype of a woman of mixed race shows her beauty and her elegance. She lacks the hairdo of what might be categorized as nobility, but her dress says that she comes from a well-to-do family. She has chosen a style for her hair that is without style. She does not proclaim that she is a member of the established society, while at the same time, she has broken free from any shackles that may have constrained her family. In essence, she has invented a new hairstyle that is simple and suitable. A pink glow has been added to her cheeks to emphasize her youth, and her expression shows the composure and confidence of the daughter of a successful businessman. 15hqqy.











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