Unformatted text preview: Acknowledgements
● The life of Celia demonstrates how slavery placed individuals, black
and white, in specific situations that forced them to make and to act
upon personal decisions of a fundamentally moral nature.
● Their settlements were representative of bothe biblical ideal of every
man in his own vineyard, beneath his own fig tree, and the economic
democracy of the american frontier, which would soon find a national
symbol in Andrew Jackson.
● In this chapter they talk about Robert Newsom, John Jameson
seemed to be the ideal family man a successful, respected citizen,
and a pillar of the community.
Two- The Crime
● Thus regardless of what his children and grandchildren thought about
his sexual abuse of the recently purchased young female slave,
Robert Newson was lord of the manor and could use Celia as he
● Celia became romantically involved with another of Newsom’s slaves,
a man named George.
● George had begun “staying” with Celia in her cabin.
● Newson had separated Celia from all the male slaves that did her a
cabin for her and the kids.
● George insisted that Celia break off her relationship with Newsom.
● Testimony given at Celia’s trial suggests that Celia’s pregnancy had
placed an emotional strain upon George that he could not accept.
● George threatened Celia that if Newson didn't leave her alone while
pregnant he would leave her.
● Celia begged Newson to leave her alone again using the excuse that
as result of her pregnancy.
● His past behavior toward Celia, however unequivocally proclaimed
that, whatever he felt felt for Celia, as her master he considered
sexual relations with her his privilege.
● Celia with a stick hit Newsoms skull and died.
● Celia then put Newsom's body in the fireplace. ● The larger bones placed them “under the hearth and under the floor
between a sleeper and the fire-place”.
● The 12 year old Coffee Wainscot playing in the cherry tree outside
her cabin. In an act that revealed the depth of her hatred for Newsom
and his kin , she asked the boy to come into her cabin and clean out
her fireplace. Coffee said Celia would give him two dozen walnuts if
he'd carry the ashes out.
● Coffee carried the bucket outside and spilled his grandfather's
remains in the grass alongside a beat down path which ran to the
stables that had only the day before belonged to Robert Newsom.
● Searching for the body of Newson looked all around that went to
George and George brought them to Celia. Celia first saying she
didn't kill them but when they spoke to Coffee he had said that he
threw some ashes, Then she confirmed of herself killing Newsom
with no help, bringing her to trail everyone thought there was some
help but denying it that she did it all by herself and even when the
juror told her that George had fled, she had the same response that
she was the one that killed Newsom.
Four- Backdrop ...
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