The long trip to Audrain from Calloway displays Newsom’s morbid fondness for Celia and dedication for a obtaining a young concubine, raping her before they even got back to the plant...
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...he complicated and mixed terms that Celia was: between a slave and a woman, but the prosecutors, overall, ignored gender-related issues (141)
In the “final disposition”, the Supreme Court stalled their decision as Celia’s execution date grew near (123). Rather than fair trial, the question of her fate was a wholly moral dilemma (123). The author concludes that “Celia’s trial demonstrates that gender … was a significant factor in shaping slave law” (141). Because of her identity, Celia would not be given a fair trial, but rather, a performance by the judge. Ignoring her pleas of defense would discourage rebellion from other slaves and keep southern slave-owners in power. After Celia was found and returned to the jail, she was killed at the gallows (135).
McLaurin, Melton. Celia, a Slave. Athens, Georgia, USA: University of Georgia Press, 1991. Print.
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