But in the North slavery was not adaptable to the local economy, and to many, it contradicted the vision of the founding fathers for a nation in which all men are to be free. At the age of 14, Celia was purchased by aging and prosperous widower John Newsom. I would love to read historical books all the time, but only if they're written well. Therefore, it was difficult to say that Newsom felt any remorse or reason to be softer on Celia, for she was simply his property. However, this was basically one big monologue by the author. This is required reading for American History Classes in some colleges.
She hits him and kills him and then burns him in the fireplace in her cabin. 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. After the death of his wife, Newsom searched for a slave that could fulfill his sexual needs although he knew that Missouri was going through several debates regarding the issue of slavery. We know that she was purchased some time in 1850 at around 14 years old, that her master raped her on the way home from the sale, and that she had two children by him. I grew up in Boone County, Missouri, just next to Calloway County where these events took place. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. Celia was the second child out of fourteen.
The story of Celia is an emblem of the root of racial problems that America still faces today in society. McLaurin even points out specifically the moment in which some individuals reached this moment of contemplation 28. McLaurin, American South, Missouri, Callaway County. John Jameson is among the most respected people living in Callaway. McLaurin, the author, used this account of a young slave woman 's struggle through the undeserved hardships of rape and injustice to explain to today 's naive society a better depiction of what slavery could have been like.
Had they have acknowledged the act of rape against Celia, they would have had to recognize that blacks are also people, and that would have caused a moral crisis on many levels in a white patriarchal society. In addition to Celia's story and the historical context, the author discusses the common assumption that slave women were considered property and could be used as the owners pleased. The sexual politics of slavery in the antebellum South are perhaps most clearly revealed by the fact that recorded cases of rape of female slaves are virtually nonexistent. In the attempt to create an interesting and novel-like narrative, McLaurin includes many details that are ultimately unimportant to the story itself. This book will definitely make you think what decision that is up to you. One of the main beneficiaries of the growth of the Callaway community is a man named John Jameson.
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. Particularly given the novelistic, dramatic rendering of the grandson breathing in his father's ashes, it doesn't seem like McLaurin was opposed to editorializing. Celia went to Newsom in an effort to stop the nature of their affair, but was unsuccessful in doing so. The University of Georgia Press, Athens and London: 1991. Angered at his continuous demands and hoping to continue a relationship with another slave.
Has slight water damage that does not affect readability of the book. This is one story that will stay with me a long time. McLaurin uses Celia's story to reveal the tensions that strained the fabric of antebellum southern society. Tensions between black men and women was inevitable product of slavery. Melton McLaurin vividly describes the life of a sexually abused slave who fought back in the non-fictional memoir titled Celia, A Slave. Hoping to find prosperity in new land acquired by the Louisiana Purchase, Americans ventured westward.
Having an increased number of farmhands allowed Newsom more time for relaxation and a higher social status. Because Celia stood up to it and was tried for what happened afterwards, her story speaks for many female slaves whose lives will never be remembered. She killed her master trying to prevent him from forcing her to have sex with him. Celia was only 14 when she was purchased by John Newsom. This made her to be an icon and inspiration to the whole world and especially to the Latin community. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily.
Of course he doesn't listen. When you do, be sure to indicate the page number on which you found the quote. Even if she had been a woman, women lacked political power and other rights during that time in history. The reflection of this is the case of Robert Newsom who made his living by buying six slaves who will be responsible. 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. There's no empathy or compassion. I found both this book's premise and presentation fascinating.