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Style and StatusSelling Beauty to African American Women, 1920-1975$
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Susannah Walker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124339

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124339.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Why Hair Is Political

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(p.1) Introduction
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Style and Status
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Susannah Walker

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124339.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the history and political connections of the African American beauty culture. The phrase “beauty culture” is commonly used throughout most of the twentieth century and refers to the methods, tools, and business practices of caring and altering women's appearance. Researchers have only recently begun to explore in depth the history of American beauty culture, and this book seeks to examine the African American beauty culture industry.

Keywords:   history, political connections, African American, beauty culture, twentieth century, appearance

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