The instructions that were actually given to the jury did not address the motive for Celia's crime at all, or allow for an acquittal based on the idea that she would have been justified in using physical force to resist sexual assault at the hands of her master. Over time Celia accepted her role in the Newsom household and bore two of Newsom's children. McLaurin then proceeds to describe ramifications of the Celia case more important to Missouri and the power dynamic of slavery than the more famous Dred Scott case 95. He is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on vario Melton Alonza McLaurin received his Ph. Her act quickly discovered, Celia was brought to trial.
The passage ends on a note of suspense. The laws of the time recognized that Celia was Robert Newsom's property, and that he was within his rights to do whatever he wanted with her, including rape. 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. John Jameson also had difficulty defending Celia because the court would not recognize that Celia had a right to defend herself. Robert is, by all appearances, a loving father. Celia was only fourteen when purchased by a slave owner, Robert Newsom in 1850. Rothman maintains that the rise of the plantation system fit closely with the transatlantic system of commodity exchange and was supported by national and local rules designed to spread slavery into the newly developed southwest territories.
You disapprove, but what action do you take? Celia gave birth to two children between 1851 and 1855, the second being the son of Robert Newsom. 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. At some point before 1855, Celia began a romantic relationship with George, one of Newsom's other slaves. During the trial, if Celia had been allowed to testify against her accusser, it would have meant that a slave had more rights over her life than a white women. How can humans stand so long exercising contradictory treatments to their own properties - whether to treat slaves as humans or objects. In all probability Celia did not kill her rapist.
You disapprove, but what action do you take? A historical book of an event that is timely or untimely, depending on how you look at things fated to happen. I didn't read this whole thing. In the attempt to create an interesting and novel-like narrative, McLaurin includes many details that are ultimately unimportant to the story itself. A widower, he purchased Celia to be his concubine, raping her on the trip to his farm. C for effort with finding all the documents and getting the story mostly straight, but F for the writing. What do you do a few months later, when the girl is noticeably pregnant? The trial coincided with a ferocious battle over whether neighboring Kansas would be admitted to the Union as a free or slave state. One hella pathetically abused excuse for a topic.
I wanted to know what happened, why it happened, how it happened and the outcome. Note also how McLaurin admits from the start that there are large holes in the historical record, and that he has to use educated guesswork to fill in the gaps of his story. With his two legal aides, Jameson proceeds to build a case for his client. At times it wa The ninth winner of the Yale Drama Series. Celia's experience highlights the issue of slave women versus white women. Like any end of an oppressive era, bloodshed and genocide are inevitable.
Although not nearly as extreme, we continue to live in a white-male dominated culture that looks down upon African-Americans, especially females. It just calls to our humanity when faced with two opposing values: pro or anti human slavery. Though there are many questions that are asked when reading Celia, A Slave, there are also many answers that are found. There are a Celia, A Slave by Melton A. The work as a whole provides an accurate historical perspective of the time leading up to the civil war and some of the attitudes being held by the characters paint a picture that was eerily very similar to the portrait that reflects pre-war history in the Deep South. As for the matter of sex, whether it was between a man and his wife r a man and his slave, this was never discussed in the southern society either, even though it was quite typical.
This is a major victory to pro-slavery politicians, because it sets a precedent for adding new slave states to the Union, and requires the federal government to recognize the institution of slavery. Cotton and sugar plantations began to rise in the Deep South as the best markets. One intriguing story of slavery and the struggles with it was written by a guy named Melton A. But in 1855, driven to the limits of her endurance, Celia fought back. The way the Judge was able to influence the jury to vote guilty was the way he sided with the prosecution.
There are many ways to think about slavery, and McLaurin incorporates much scholarship to look at the moral anxiety induced by owning other human being. The people of Callaway County then faced a huge dilemma; do slaves, though under law were given some rights as humans, such as being able to defend themselves when being exploited by their master, truly have this right? Oh, this was a difficult read. He used facts such as the slave revolts in Haiti and the Dred Scott decision to make a case on why things were so hard for slaves at the time in the United States, and how they affected Celia, and her case. Celia, a Slave: A True Story. McLaurin, the author, utilized this record of a youthful slave lady 's battle through the undeserved hardships of assault and bad form to disclose to today 's guileless society a superior portrayal of what slavery could have been similar to.
But I put up with it because it's a short book, and it's a story that needs to be told. Celia, A Slave by Melton A. 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. Newsom showed his dominance over Celia and where her place in his household was and would be for the rest of her life When he committed this wrongful act. This is based on her interactions with her owner Robert Newsom and her reactions mainly with the community involved in her court case. The slave revolts in Haiti would indirectly affect Celia. This comes about usually when he is trying to develop some of the deeper emotions involved in the crimes of rape and murder.