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Celia, A Slave

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

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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.

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Sally T says:

CELIA ,THE SLAVE Brings a Forgotten Slave into the Light This riveting and slim book tells what it can of the story of Celia, a slave whose tragedy played out in rural Missouri in the 19th century. As he gives us Celia’s story, McLaurin clearly explains the history of slavery in Missouri and how it intertwined with the national politics of slavery. Reading the book for that alone is well worth it. 

craberts says:

Celia, A Slave A masterpiece on survival. Love it.

PROFESSOR DERGES says:

Five Stars GREAT

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