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Celia A Slave Thesis

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Celia, A Slave by Melton McLaurin tells a true story of a female slave who was sexually exploited by her master and the trial she faced as a result. At the young age of fourteen, Celia was brought to Callaway County under her new master, Robert Newsom. Celia later murdered Newsom, in an act of self-defense, and was placed on a trial challenging the institute of slavery and the moral beliefs of anyone involved with slavery in the South. The short life of the young Celia revealed a slave girl who had pushed beyond the ideal limit of a system that denied her humanity and threatened to erode the base of the antebellum southern society. Slaves during the mid-1800s were considered chattel and did not have rights to anything that opposed their masters’ wishes. “Although the slaves’ rights could never be completely denied, it had to be minimized for the institution of slavery to function” (McLaurin, 118). Female slaves, however, usually played a different role for the family they were serving than male slaves. Housework and helping with the children were often duties that slaveholders designated to their female slaves. Condoned by society, many male slaveholders used their female property as concubines, although the act was usually kept covert. These issues, aided by their lack of power, made the lives of female slaves …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how melton mclaurin's celia, a slave tells the story of a female slave who was sexually exploited by her master and the trial she faced.
  • Explains that slaves during the mid-1800s were considered chattel and did not have rights to anything that opposed their masters’ wishes.
  • Explains that the law in america at the time deemed women of any race to be subservient.
  • Explains that slave women took many measures for resisting oppression but had no power to impede their master’s intentions for satisfaction. they were incompetent due to their lack of resources to resist successfully.
  • Explains that even with abolitionist group stirring up moral controversy at the time, slaves continued to be considered property instead of having any basic human rights. the judge sustained every objection brought against her self-defense argument.
  • Analyzes how the life of celia demonstrates how slavery placed individuals, blacks, and white, in specific situations that forced them to make and act upon personal decisions of a fundamental moral nature.

The challenges and difficulties slaves faced at the time of Celia’s trial left white Americans viewing them with little entitlements. Celia’s trial brought a new perspective into society in a time where slaves, especially females, were without hope. Her story was a beneficial challenge to the institution of slavery because it reached the thoughts of many involved in the controversy during the 1850s and left an effect on the standards of

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