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Celia, A Slave
Celia A Slave
Author: Melton A. Mclaurin
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."
ISBN-13: 9780380803361
ISBN-10: 0380803364
Publication Date: 2/1/1999
Pages: 192
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Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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I just finished reading this book, and I thought it was very good. I've read a few slave narratives before, but this was a fascinating departure from that. It focuses on the trial of a 19-year-old slave accused of murdering her master in Missouri. It explores the politics of slavery (Kansas was being fought over by pro- and anti-slavery groups at the time), as well as the powerlessness of women, especially slave women, during this period. It was a bit slow reading at first, but once it got to the crime and the trial, I was hooked. It was quite readable for a scholarly work, and was brief enough that it kept my attention.
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Very interesting book about slavery!