Celia paper - Valerie Taylor HST 201-005 3-23-10 Dr. David...

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Valerie Taylor HST 201-005 3-23-10 Dr. David La Vere Melton A. McLaurin, Celia, A Slave . New York: Avon Books, 1993. In 1855 slavery was a major source of sectionalism in the United States. It was in this chaotic setting that Celia, a slave, was put on trial for murdering her master, Robert Newsom, who had consistently been raping her for the past five years. Throughout Celia’s trial the two main views on slavery were seen: some saw them as people and others just saw them as property. The defense that Celia’s lawyers put forward, if accepted, would have threaten many of the principal assumptions that Southern society used to make slavery function efficiently. Newsom bought Celia when she was just 14 years old for the purpose of being his sexual partner. Celia conceived three children but it is not known if they all belonged to Newsom because she was also having sexual interactions with a slave named George. When Celia became pregnant for the third time, George demanded that she stop sleeping with Newsom if she wanted to continue seeing
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course HST 201 taught by Professor Davidlavere during the Spring '10 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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