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Celia, a Slave: A True Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Melton McLaurin
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31 Dec 1998
Avon has compiled a varied list of books that focus on issues and concerns for women everywhere -- from notable fiction to detailed healthcare guides.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380803364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380803361
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 9.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McLaurin's novelistic approach to history results in an information-packed, thought-provoking piece of theater. McLaurin's meticulous research brings forward layers of information that set the scene and reconstruct the details of an "insignificant" life."--"Booklist" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Melton A. McLaurin is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is the author of "Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South" for which he received the Lillian Smith Award, and "Celia, a Slave" (both Georgia). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forced read that became a blessing... 31 Jan 1998
By A Customer
I was forced to read this short book in college. As I turned each page, I became more connected to the protagonist, Celia and her struggle to escape the control and degradation emposed on her by her master. This story sheds light on the antebellum South's lifestyle and mentality toward "Negroes" as property versus percentages of persons. A MUST READ, especially for African American youth seeking a personal understanding!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I, at first, bought this book because I was curious about it, having read the recent news about Florida's "Black Widow", in which references were made to "Celia". I liked the book because it was purely historical in nature, but provided powerful insights into motivation for this murder, and slavery in Missouri in the 1850's. Because I generally do not read very much (not much patience), I found the compact nature of this documentary to be quite helpful. I am sincerely baffled as to why this book has not been made into a movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True accounts 25 Aug 2013
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This account of a slave, written by herself is excellent. If you are genuinely interested in getting a feel of what slavery was, written by someone who was directly affected by it, then this is for you. Celia will give you insight into how slavery was a cancer of the soul to many of the slave owners, you will feel her emotions as she progresses through her life. All in all an excellent read and something that richly deserves my 100% recommendation.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ... Rewarding 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book after a history professor mentioned her casein class. It was not required reading material, but it sounded interesting.
This book was purely based on historical facts, which often leave out a great deal of detail, but the author addresses some possible implications of certain documentable facts within the trial.
This book is great, and everyone should read it in order to better understand the "Peculiar Institution" of our nation's past.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book 19 April 2014
By Lee
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A vey good true story to read and I like them sort of true story books my mum has a few
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT GOOD READING 10 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Didn,t find book good reading, just couldnt get into it. Maybe good for students doing research or writing a paper
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4.0 out of 5 stars Celia 15 Dec 2012
By Bee212
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very sad story I would loved having more information about celia but there wasn't enough information about her and her past before she lived with the old man or about her parents :/
But It's a must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait to read
Got this book ata great price I felt.and I'm really enjoying it.so far but I love all things that are about the old southern plantations and the people who lived then
Published 5 months ago by AMANDA BURTON
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best
I like very much this item. I recommend to everyone.
This a story of llive that we never forget and we must always remember.
Published 6 months ago by Isabel Teixeira Abreu Cunha
3.0 out of 5 stars Celia A Slave. Paperback book
I enjoyed the story, which was a true account. However, I do think it is overpriced because the quality of the paper and the print is very poor.
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Lynne Pursey Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Celia, a slave: A True Story
A good little read on past slave history and Celia what a lady of her time ! A small compact book , so can fit into your pocket or handbag :-)
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Diane
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going.
I bought this book to read on the plane on the way to Tenerife. I thought it would be a good read, but there are so many references to different things I found it very hard. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by riggalynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to finish
I really did not find this book readable , Im sure there is valuble history within its pages but I found the story telling poor & for me the lessons punctuating the story spoiled... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Johannah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I Bought this book after seeking to know more about African history,
enslavement and the effects it had on society,
and it is a very sad but also inspiring story about a... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2008 by read4life
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