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Celia A Slave by Melton A McLaurin In the book Celia A Slave by Melton A McLaurin the accounts of one womans life are bound together in a vivid way to relay the circumstances surrounding a female slaves cruel life The life of this woman named Celia was filled with acts of molestation rape murder and eventual execution Through the use of court records correspondences and newspaper accounts the author delineated in chronological order the life of Celia from her purchase by Robert Newsom to her execution on December 21 1855 When Robert Newsom bought Celia from an unnamed person the first night that he spent with her he raped Celia This act was repeated numerously throughout the next five years It is told to the reader that Celia almost certainly was purchased to replace Newsoms wife who had died months earlier After years of sexual torment and abuse Celia killed her master and burned his body to avoid being caught However she was caught tried and executed for her crime This of course was not the whole story Many factors come into play when explaining why Celia murdered Robert Newsom and determining the right course of action for her punishment The factors influencing Celias behavior can be attributed to the years of rape sustained by Celia In addition to the emotional instability that encourages Celia to murder Newsom is the ultimatum given by Celias lover George to quit the old man 30 or risk losing him as a companion Also many people had the opportunity to stand up for Celia and stop the abuse but for personal reasons those who knew of the crimes chose to remain quiet All of these factors have the same thing in common they each present a person or persons dealing with their own personal dilemmas In the case of Celia she could stand up to her master and face physical and emotional punishment and possibly death It
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