Celia, a Slave | Study Guide

Melton A. McLaurin

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Melton A. McLaurin

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History, Women's Studies

At a Glance

In 1855 a 19-year-old Missouri slave named Celia killed her master to stop his continued acts of rape against her. She was tried for his murder. The text Celia, A Slave examines these and other local events as well as contextual historical attitudes toward slavery at the time of the trial.

About the Title

The title Celia, A Slave is significant in two ways. The first is that Celia has no last name, which was common among enslaved persons. The second is that she is described by her status as a slave, as if being enslaved is the sum of her identity.


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