Analysis Of The Book ' Celia A Slave '

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White slave owners in United States religiously practiced slavery during the antebellum period. The book Celia a Slave is a factual interpretation of an isolated incident that depicted a very common fear every salve of the time inhibited. By illustrating the tragic life of a young female slave who was constantly raped by her master, the author Melton McLaurin, informs our generation of the horrific trades of slavery. The story of Celia is an emblem of the racial problems that is still faced by an average American.
What initiated the tragic occurrence in Celia’s life was the death of Newsom’s wife; once Newsom’s wife passed away he craved the need for sexual fulfillment. Figuring that the best possible way to resolve the issue would be to purchase a young woman slave to keep as his mistress, Celia was soon purchased. At the age of 14, she became a white man’s sexual object. Over the course of time, Celia begun to accept her role, as she had no other option, and eventually birthed two of Newsom’s children. However, towards the end of the fifth year, Celia had stirred a romantic relationship with one of Newsom’s other slaves on the farm known as
George. “Testimony given at Celia’s trial suggests that Celia’s pregnancy had placed an emotional strain upon George that he could not accept. Celia was his lover…yet he could not protect her from the sexual advances of the man who owned them both.” (McLaurin 25) Fareed 2
Inevitably, George’s pride demanded that the

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