Celia  a Slave Book
Score: 4
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Celia a Slave


  • Author : Melton A. McLaurin
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2011-03-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0820341592

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Celia a Slave Book Description :

Illuminating the moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of a slaveholding society, this book tells the story of a young slave who was sexually exploited by her master and ultimately executed for his murder. Celia was only fourteen years old when she was acquired by John Newsom, an aging widower and one of the most prosperous and respected citizens of Callaway County, Missouri. The pattern of sexual abuse that would mark their entire relationship began almost immediately. After purchasing Celia in a neighboring county, Newsom raped her on the journey back to his farm. He then established her in a small cabin near his house and visited her regularly (most likely with the knowledge of the son and two daughters who lived with him). Over the next five years, Celia bore Newsom two children; meanwhile, she became involved with a slave named George and resolved at his insistence to end the relationship with her master. When Newsom refused, Celia one night struck him fatally with a club and disposed of his body in her fireplace. Her act quickly discovered, Celia was brought to trial. She received a surprisingly vigorous defense from her court-appointed attorneys, who built their case on a state law allowing women the use of deadly force to defend their honor. Nevertheless, the court upheld the tenets of a white social order that wielded almost total control over the lives of slaves. Celia was found guilty and hanged. Melton A. McLaurin uses Celia's story to reveal the tensions that strained the fabric of antebellum southern society. Celia's case demonstrates how one master's abuse of power over a single slave forced whites to make moral decisions about the nature of slavery. McLaurin focuses sharply on the role of gender, exploring the degree to which female slaves were sexually exploited, the conditions that often prevented white women from stopping such abuse, and the inability of male slaves to defend slave women. Setting the case in the context of the 1850s slavery debates

Celia  a Slave Book
Score: 3
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Celia a Slave


  • Author : Melton Alonza McLaurin
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 0820313521

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Celia a Slave Book Description :

Recounts the story of Celia, a slave in antebellum Missouri who killed her master after five years of sexual abuse at his hands and was later found guilty of murder and hanged

Celia  A Slave Book
Score: 4
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Celia A Slave


  • Author : Melton A. Mclaurin
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 1993-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780380719358

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Celia A Slave Book Description :

In 1850, fourteen-year-old Celia became the property of Robert Newsom, a prosperous and respected Missouri farmer. For the next five years, she was cruelly and repeatedly molested by her abusive master--and bore him two children in the process. But in 1855, driven to the limits of her endurance, Celia fought back. And at the tender age of eighteen, the desperate and frightened young black woman found herself on trial for Newsom's murder--the defendant in a landmark courtroom battle that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South's most cherished institution. Based on court records, correspondences and newspaper accounts past and present, Celia, A Slave is a powerful masterwork of passion and scholarship--a stunning literary achievement that brilliantly illuminates one of the most extraordinary events in the long, dark history of slavery in America.

Celia  a Slave Book
Score: 4
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Celia a Slave


  • Author : Barbara Seyda
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Women slaves
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300197068

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Celia a Slave Book Description :

The ninth winner of the Yale Drama Series is a searing and powerful drama of slave litigation, injustice, institutional racism, and the rule of law. The winner of the 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition was selected by Nicholas Wright, former Associate Director of London's Royal Court. Barbara Seyda's stunningly theatrical Celia, a Slave is a vivid tableau of interviews with the dead that interweaves oral histories with official archival records. Powerful, poetic, and stylistically bold, this work foregrounds twenty-three diverse characters to recall the events that led to the hanging of nineteen-year-old Celia, an African American slave convicted in a Missouri court of murdering her master, the prosperous landowner Robert Newsom, in 1855. Excavating actual trial transcripts and court records, Seyda bears witness to racial and sexual violence in U.S. history, illuminating the brutal realities of female slave life in the pre-Civil War South while exploring the intersection of rape, morality, economics, and gender politics that continue to resonate today.

Celia  a Slave Book
Score: 4
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Celia a Slave


  • Author : Melton Alonza McLaurin
  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release Date : 1999-01-01
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0606160868

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Celia a Slave Book Description :

Follows a landmark moment in American slavery as culled from court records, correspondence, and newspaper accounts that recorded the trial and execution of Celia, who killed her master in self-defense after five years of physical and sexual abuse

Celia  A Slave Book
Score: 3.5
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Celia A Slave


  • Author : Melton A. Mclaurin
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 1999-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 0380803364

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Celia A Slave Book Description :

Celia was an ordinary slave--until she struck back at her abusive master and became the defendant in a landmark trial that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South's "Peculiar Institution."

Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops  Late 1st S  C  Volunteers Book

Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st S C Volunteers


  • Author : Susie King Taylor
  • Publisher : Hewlett Press
  • Release Date : 2008-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408640319

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Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st S C Volunteers Book Description :

Originally published in 1897, this early works is a fascinating novel of the period and still an interesting read today. Contents include; The function of Latin, Chansons De Geste, The Matter of Britain, Antiquity in Romance, The making of English and the settlement of European Prosody, Middle High German Poetry, The 'Fox, ' The 'Rose, ' and the minor Contributions of France, Icelandic and Provencal, The Literature of the Peninsulas, and Conclusion..... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwor

African Cherokees in Indian Territory Book

African Cherokees in Indian Territory


  • Author : Celia E. Naylor
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 0807877549

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African Cherokees in Indian Territory Book Description :

Forcibly removed from their homes in the late 1830s, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Indians brought their African-descended slaves with them along the Trail of Tears and resettled in Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. Celia E. Naylor vividly charts the experiences of enslaved and free African Cherokees from the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma's entry into the Union in 1907. Carefully extracting the voices of former slaves from interviews and mining a range of sources in Oklahoma, she creates an engaging narrative of the composite lives of African Cherokees. Naylor explores how slaves connected with Indian communities not only through Indian customs--language, clothing, and food--but also through bonds of kinship. Examining this intricate and emotionally charged history, Naylor demonstrates that the "red over black" relationship was no more benign than "white over black." She presents new angles to traditional understandings of slave resistance and counters previous romanticized ideas of slavery in the Cherokee Nation. She also challenges contemporary racial and cultural conceptions of African-descended people in the United States. Naylor reveals how black Cherokee identities evolved reflecting complex notions about race, culture, "blood," kinship, and nationality. Indeed, Cherokee freedpeople's struggle for recognition and equal rights that began in the nineteenth century continues even today in Oklahoma.

Pirates  Book
Score: 5
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Pirates


  • Author : Celia Rees
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2010-05-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408810354

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Pirates Book Description :

When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in the eighteenth-century West Indies, they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates, they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.

Finding Charity   s Folk Book

Finding Charity s Folk


  • Author : Jessica Millward
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2015-12-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 10 : 9780820348797

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Finding Charity s Folk Book Description :

Finding Charity’s Folk highlights the experiences of enslaved Maryland women who negotiated for their own freedom, many of whom have been largely lost to historical records. Based on more than fifteen hundred manumission records and numerous manuscript documents from a diversity of archives, Jessica Millward skillfully brings together African American social and gender history to provide a new means of using biography as a historical genre. Millward opens with a striking discussion about how researching the life of a single enslaved woman, Charity Folks, transforms our understanding of slavery and freedom in Revolutionary America. For African American women such as Folks, freedom, like enslavement, was tied to a bondwoman’s reproductive capacities. Their offspring were used to perpetuate the slave economy. Finding loopholes in the law meant that enslaved women could give birth to and raise free children. For Millward, Folks demonstrates the fluidity of the boundaries between slavery and freedom, which was due largely to the gendered space occupied by enslaved women. The gendering of freedom influenced notions of liberty, equality, and race in what became the new nation and had profound implications for African American women’s future interactions with the state.