Celia, A Slave

Good Kindle Celia A Slave published In 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 repe

Good Kindle Celia, A Slave published 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 frightIn 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.. A viral Kindle Celia, A Slave I found both this book's premise and presentation fascinating. The author, Melton McLaurin, writes in his introduction that too often "history" is no more than the cobbled stories of men at the head of their society; while Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, etc., certainly merit study, shifting our focus toward less exceptional figures reveals a more accurate and relatable history. In the chapters that follow, he pieces together what may have been the life and story of the Missouri slave Celia, tried in 1855 for the murder of her master, Robert Newsom.What would it have been like to live in the United States in the decades just before the Civil War? How could I have reconciled myself to the institution of slavery? This rendition of Celia's crime and trial doesn't exhaustively answer either of these questions, but I think it is enough that it raises them. For McLaurin, living in a time and place where slavery is legally and socially acceptable means confronting moral conundrums on a daily basis. Your widowed father, who provides food and shelter for you and your three children, brings home a fourteen-year-old black child one afternoon, and although he says he has hired her as a cook, you know she rarely leaves his bedroom. You disapprove, but what action do you take? What different actions are available to you if you are a man or if you are a woman? What do you do a few months later, when the girl is noticeably pregnant? What do you do when she pleads with you to intervene on her behalf? Celia is certainly the central character in the book, but McLaurin wisely notes that her story illuminates an entire society in that it forces many people in many different parts of that society to face moral quandaries -- and to reveal their mettle in the hard decisions they must make.Of course, because Celia lived so long ago and was a slave, her life is not well documented. Unlike Harriet Jacobs and Sojourner Truth, Celia does not share her story in her own words. Rather, McLaurin pieces together the census and legal details the archive retains and speculates about the rest, even drawing into the conversation comparatively recent scholarship about, say, the psychic consequences of rape. The book's hybrid nature -- it's not quite a history, and it's not quite a novel -- apparently has divided Goodreads reviewers, many of whom find it either too scholarly or too unsubstantiated to take seriously. Personally, I appreciate the text's ambiguity. McLaurin writes in the tradition of Theodore Dresier (An American Tragedy) and Truman Capote (In Cold Blood): It is the writer's job to tell our society's stories, and telling stories has to do with more than slapping footnotes on every paragraph.
Celia, A Slave Mclaurin, Melton A This is the story of Celia, A Slave by Melton Alonza McLaurin At years old, this young slave girl was shipped out to work on a farm in Missouri, and like a lot of slaves at the time, she was continuously abused and raped. State of Missouri v Celia, a Slave Celia, A Slave by Melton A McLaurin, Paperback Barnes 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 Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought Celia, a Slave by Melton McLaurin Plot Summary LitCharts In the year , a prosperous Missouri farmer named Robert Newsom buys a teenaged slave named Celia Very little is known about Celia s life before she lived on Newsom s property, but it s known that when Newsom bought her, she was fourteen years old Robert Newsom is in many ways typical of his Missouri community. Celia, A Slave by Melton A McLaurin It s written as a play about nineteen year old Celia who was a slave being convicted in Missouri of killing her awful, vile and wretched Massa, Mr Robert Newsom This book was a hard read The white women in the story were just as evil thinking as their fathers and husban Celia, A Slave Famous Trials Celia, A Slave Trial For nineteen year old Celia, a slave on a Missouri farm, five years of being repeatedly raped by her middle aged owner was enough On the night of June , , she would later tell a reporter, the Devil got into me and Celia fatally clubbed her Celia, A Slave Summary and Study Guide SuperSummary Celia, A Slaveis Melton A McLaurin s book length analysis of the trial and execution of Celia, a slave in Callaway County, Missouri who kills her master and burns his body in her fireplace. Celia, A Slave, Trial An Account For nineteen year old Celia, a slave on a Missouri farm, five years of being repeatedly raped by her middle aged owner was enough On the night of June , , she would later tell a reporter, the Devil got into me and Celia fatally clubbed her master as he approached her in her cabin. Celia, A Slave, Trial University of Missouri For nineteen year old Celia, a slave on a Missouri farm, five years of being repeatedly raped by her middle aged owner was enough On the night of June , , she would later tell a reporter, the Devil got into me and Celia fatally clubbed her master as he approached her in her cabin. Celia slave

  1. Melton Alonza McLaurin received his Ph.D in American history from the University of South Carolina in 1967 and taught at the University of South Alabama prior to joining the UNCW department of history as chairperson in 1977 From 1996 until 2003 he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, retiring in 2004 He is the author or co author of nine books and numerous articles on various aspects of the history of the American South and race relations.

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  1. I found both this book s premise and presentation fascinating The author, Melton McLaurin, writes in his introduction that too often history is no than the cobbled stories of men at the head of their society while Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, etc certainly merit study, shifting our focus toward less exceptional figures reveals a accurate and relatable history In the chapters that follow, he pieces together what may have been the life and story of the Missouri slave Celia, tried in 1855 for the [...]


  2. It sounds interesting than it is I had to read this for a history class in college I did not enjoy it I much preferred Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.


  3. I should ve checked whether the author was a white dude before picking up this book Wouldn t have bothered with it at all.The book is not about Celia, or women, or slaves The book is about white dudes, how much property they had, what kind of d ck measuring politics they were engaging in, who were their white dude fathers, etc Celia, women, and slaves, are just side notes in this book One hella pathetically abused excuse for a topic.After pages and pages of listing white dudes property prices, n [...]


  4. An otherwise intriguing story alternately infused with unimaginably boring historical information McLaurin takes absolutely no liberties in speculating anything emotions, actions, words, nothing One line went something like, Although we can never know how Celia reacted to her rape, we can speculate that she was scared and upset Really You think so A very historically accurate read with little emotional appeal.



  5. Rejecting the big man and big event approach many historians adopt when defining any era, Melton A McLaurin uses the story of a young slave girl accused of murdering her white master in Celia, a Slave to illustrate what he calls the major issues of the pre Civil War period Melton admits from the start that Celia s story, in fact, reveals little about slavery as a broad institution Instead, what he presents is a case study in the fundamental moral anxiety produced by slavery, which he feels has b [...]


  6. I m very surprised by the low star ratings for this book because it was well researched and very well written In sum A courtroom is a deadly place People die in courtrooms, killed by words pg 140 Brainwashed by Franklin Vipperman The historical ramifications of what was done to Celia are profound and continue to impact contemporary legal and political decisions in the 21st century U.S.A.It is very important to note that the word woman was debated This foreshadows the Dred Scott decision, in whic [...]


  7. Some bits seemed unsubstantiated by hard evidence like the fact that Celia was raped immediately upon being purchased by Newsom, which is referenced early on and only much later explained as a piece of evidence which arose in the trial And there were moments in which the details presented or rather, the lack of details such as the mysterious purchase of the five year old boy, the weirdness of a sick and pregnant woman burning a grown man s corpse in her cabin hearth overnight with her children s [...]


  8. I am writing this review quickly on my iPad before my class begins in less than five minutes, so I apologize in advance if I am not clear on many points or this review lacks any depth Anyways, If you want a quick reference to how women both black and white surprisingly , and slaves were oppressed by law then this really is a must read The story focuses on a particular case with Celia who, in 1855, was indicted of killing her master slaveholder after being continuously raped by him The people of [...]


  9. It s hard to write good history books, and Celia, A Slave was, in my opinion, a perfect example of what NOT to do when writing a book about historical events It was dry, overly detailed, and didn t catch my attention at all except the bit where the author went into meticulous detail about the disposal of the body It was so gruesome It s too bad, because Celia s story is actually quite interesting, and I would have been enthusiastic about reading this if it had been told in a captivating way.


  10. In all probability Celia did not kill her rapist Probable evidence suggests the Robert s daughters did the dirty deed The probable and logical fact was because Celia was pregnant and sick, and the fact that she could not shovel ashes in a bucket and dispose of said ashes is probable evidence that she could not have clobbered the sicko and rolled its body into the fire pit Fact is Celia was framed.Epilogue Read online documents and skip all the probabilities good luck


  11. Heart breaking story The author did a great job of describing the context and what is known about Celia and her case I wish their would have been evidence, but I am actually surprised that there was as much as there was That all said, the writing style was repetitive and could have shortened the book by about 20 pages if it was concise.


  12. This was a very descriptive tale of what happened at the time The story jumps from person s background to another, so sometimes you get lost because there are too many people in the story to keep up with I found it extremely boring although the history and actual crime are fairly fascinating If you like enjoy history then this is definitely a book you should read.


  13. This book was mostly about the hard truth of slavery and Black slaves who had not rights even to resist the sexuality appetites of their masters The book want to you to wonder how this man could have been a person of worth who on purchasing a young black female slave could not wait to get her home before raping her Bull shit, he was the horse s ass before I think but no one knows his history with other black women The only way he became part of this story is because Celia, a 14 year old girl was [...]


  14. This book was assigned as supplemental reading for a U.S History class I took in college It chronicles the case of a black women who was purchased by her master specifically for the purpose of sexual exploitation After a few years there was an incident when Celia was sick and pregnant and her master tried to force her to have sex with him She killed her master trying to prevent him from forcing her to have sex with him Her court case and eventual conviction and hanging are documented.The history [...]


  15. This slim volume is great on a number of fronts first and foremost as history that both explains the events of the past, and tells a complete story It is also a concise yet thorough introduction to the legal and moral realities of slavery in antebellum America, sexual politics, and how a jury trial works Recommended, especially for the middle to high school set.


  16. An excellent non fiction work that places the story of a female slave side by side with the tenuous political atmosphere just prior to the Civil War If you d rather avoid a text book to get historical information about this time period, this is a good choice.


  17. Celia, A Slave, A true story by Melton A McLaurin details the events of a 19 year old slave girl who killed her master while defending herself against his sexual advances This book was well written and well researched but was a very dry read As quoted from the last chapter, Darlene Clark Hine observes that one of the most remarked upon but least analyzed themes in Black women s history is their sexual vulnerability and powerlessness as victims of rape and domestic violence Slave women resisted t [...]


  18. This is a story pieced together from court records, correspondences, and contemporaneous newspaper articles about the trial and conviction of nineteen year old Celia, A Slave of the murder of her master, Robert Newsom in Missouri in 1855 Celia was purchased at the age of 14 and first raped by her white master on the way home from the place where she was purchased In the following five years, Newsom continued to sexually abuse Celia and fathered two live children and possibly a third that she was [...]


  19. Let s be real I didn t read this whole thing I read maybe 40 pages, and that s being generous I love history A lot So much so that I am minoring in it I would love to read historical books all the time, but only if they re written well This had the potential to be such a great book a slave girl gets raped repeatedly by her master for about five years before she falls in love with another slave on the farm That slave tells Celia the slave girl that it s either the master or him Well, how does a s [...]


  20. This is a powerful and meticulously researched history of the conflicts in Missouri and Kansas between the pro and anti slavery factions leading up to the Civil War It is made eminently readable by the use of a true and tragic story used as a scaffolding for the political and social upheavals of the time A young slave girl 14 years old is purchased by a prosperous, respected farmer and widower in his sixties He rapes her on the day of her purchase and continues his sexual assaults regularly for [...]


  21. A historical book of an event that is timely or untimely, depending on how you look at things fated to happen In the midst of the early debate over African slaves in America, whether the practice should or should not be abandoned, heightened with the whites fear of the uprising of their human properties It was a clear self defence, unintentional murder, but because of the widespread of prejudice at the time, selective persecution in favour of the white man Robert Newsom s family was not a surpri [...]


  22. This is a historical account of a true event The author is scrupulous about stating which facts can be supported by historical sources, and which can t In fact, I got rather tired of reading We can t know , but I would probably have preferred the author just tell what could be told, and not try to fill in the gaps But I put up with it because it s a short book, and it s a story that needs to be told It s too easy to take for granted that a female slave didn t have even the basic right to defend [...]


  23. Celia, a Slave tells the tragic true story of a 19 year old pregnant slave girl who in 1855 faced trial for the murder of her abusive master A worthy read for anyone studying the antebellum United States, Celia adds to the greater knowledge base with a personal, extensively detailed, and relevant true story, a perfect representation of larger Missouri society in the mid 19th century The State of Missouri vs Celia, a Slave, argues McLaurin, could ve had a greater effect on the antebellum South th [...]


  24. Celia, a Slave was a great book The story is about a 14 year old girl who was sold to a Missouri man by the name of Robert Newsom Newson was a man of honest respect in Callaway County Missouri, and a family man who became a widower around the time he brought Celia Celia became his concubine, or sex slave Celia bared two of Newsom s children and lived in a cabin Robert built for her behind his house She had to deal with the emotional stress of being raped and sexually assaulted in a time when her [...]


  25. I acquired this book from my son It was required reading in his college history class A true story, it documents the shameful circumstances that surrounded many slave women and their male masters at a time in American history when slavery was widely and violently disputed It was absolutely a no win situation for the young woman who was the subject of the book The nation was in turmoil at this point in history culturally, politically and religiously and that turmoil ultimately led to the Civil Wa [...]


  26. I picked up this book as Celia s story sounded interesting and I wanted to learn about the everyday life of a slave Although the text was short, McLaurin has given readers much than a history about this one very unfortunate southern slave woman Instead, he has also provided a great insight into the mechanisms of that most curious and shameful of institutions slavery Celia, A Slave not only delves into the relationships between black and white peoples of the mid nineteenth century, but also inf [...]


  27. I feel like this is an important book to read just for the subject matter Slavery was a terrible time in history and the way slaves were treated especially female slaves were treated terribly Just reading Celia s story of how Robert Newsom treated her will make you horrified and feel for a young teenage girl getting attacked.However, my big problems with this book were all of the we don t know about why this specific thing happened I m paraphrasing here It seems to me that when you write a histo [...]


  28. Assigned reading for an undergraduate American history course American History to 1877 As a lifelong native of Missouri, I thought the fact that the case covered in this book took place in Missouri was especially interesting, as well as the fact that I read the book the same day as the lecture about the Kansas Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas, and other contemporary events this book mentions taking place in Kansas and near the Kansas Missouri border at the same time as the trial of Celia in Callawa [...]


  29. I actually enjoyed this book way than I thought I would It s a real story about Celia, a slave who kills her master after he repeatedly rapes her, and the trial that surrounds the crime It was incredibly thought provoking, and raised important issues like the moral and inalienable rights of slaves as opposed to whites If you want to read a book that makes you think, pick it up It s a really quick read, but it raises questions that really make you think about our collective pasts as Americans An [...]


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