Melton A. Mc Laurin's Celia, A Slave

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Celia, A Slave is a novel that narrates a teenage girl from located in the banks of the Missouri river in Calloway County. The story of the young girl defined the significance Gender in this historical discourse of this young slave. The newly settled slave holders in Calloway County in 1850 have included Robert Newsom who was a man of statute in terms of wealth and power. This is manifested in the novel because many slaveholders made their living by purchasing slaves. The reflection of this is the case of Robert Newsom who made his living by buying six slaves who will be responsible. He was very successful man both economically and socially and also a very powerful individual among the member of his household. But the death of his wife did take a significant turn of his life. The death of his partner forces him to seek for a replacement by purchasing a slave who will substitute his sexual desire that he was misses from his decease wife. Newsom embarked on a trip and bought Celia, A slave who was then fourteen year old and the relationship between master and slave established a sexual nature that will ever change until tragic took place.
The author Melton A. McLaurin expressed the importance self-motivation with regards to gender role. And also Melton was everything which defines success because he was wealthy, he was a hardworking man, was able to create a strong balance in maintaining a strong family household and at the same time was able to contribute towards the socio-economic development in agricultural industry which the author refers to as the “booming agricultural economic” (McLaurin page 11). The type of balance was a principle requirement for only free white men. In contrast, white females relied solely on their men for moral, social, and economic support on the success of their hard work. The white females were expected to participate in carrying certain functions such as upbringing household as well as the society as a whole. The role of women was relevant in maintain a balance society even though it was still under the directives that male person.
But this societal balance was in contrarily with the African-American slaves such as George. He was a slave in possession of Robert Newsom who had limited ability to attain power because they were perceived as property hence Missouri was a slave state so they were not considered freed during that time.
The novel is a historical narrative of Celia a young slave who was sexually exploited by her master. The repeated course took a dramatic turn because she eventually killed her master which he refused to stop raping her continuously after repeated demand to stop and he refused. Celia was purchased when she was fourteen years old by John Newsom and since then that is when the rape began on their way to the Missouri farm that he referred as a new possession. Newsom impregnated Celia at least three times. She suffered tremendously at the hand of her master for many years even...

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