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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: 10.6 x 1.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,220 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.

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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 By A Customer on 31 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 17 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
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 By JG on 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 1999
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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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By Bee212 on 15 Dec. 2012
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By read4life on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 women who didn't have rights, was expected to please her master at any time he comanded,
and inspiring because her resistance to stand up to her right caused so much controversy and played a part in how the people around newsom farm viewed themselves and slavery.
A must read for all those interested in slavery history, the psychological effect of slavery and societys attitude to cilia's actions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By riggalynn on 17 Sept. 2011
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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. Buried underneath all the information that is not needed there is a glimmer of a story that grabs you. I found myself skipping pages and pages of bumf looking for Celia's name in the hope of finding her actual story. I was very disappointed, glad I took another book with me.
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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 :-)
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