Celia, A Slave

by Melton A. Mclaurin | History |
ISBN: 0380803364 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CheshireJM of Jonesboro, Arkansas USA on 4/1/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by CheshireJM from Jonesboro, Arkansas USA on Sunday, April 1, 2007
This book is written by a historian, and is especially good for those interested in the history of women, of African-Americans, and in the expanding West (in this case, 1850s Missouri). It's well-documented, but also well-written. The case study follows the story of the Newsom family farm in Fulton, Missouri, and the relationship between Mr. Newsom and his slaves, especially a slave purchased as a concubine, Celia. It is as appalling and riveting as the best true-crime novel. Years ago, I had to read it for a college class called "The Antebellum South," and I just now re-read it for my own pleasure. After my second reading (finished yesterday), I think of Celia as an extremely brave woman. Definitely recommended.


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