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Author Brooks De Vita, Alexis

Title The 1855 murder case of Missouri versus Celia, an enslaved woman : an exercise in historical imagination / Alexis Brooks de Vita
Published Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (v, 324 pages)
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Endorsements Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Prologue: All Alone, Fulton, Missouri, 1855; Chapter One: Rain, Missouri, April, 1850; Chapter Two: Red Ribbon Round Her Neck; Chapter Three: Strange and Blessed Night; Chapter Four: Along the Shattered Surface; Chapter Five: Shame; Chapter Six: You Give Things Up; Chapter Seven: Walk it Again; Chapter Eight: Rocking Like You a Baby; Chapter Nine: The Cold and the Dark; Chapter Ten: The Water and the Woods; Chapter Eleven: Rage; Chapter Twelve: Cudgel; Chapter Thirteen: Blaze
Chapter Fourteen: TrappedEpilogue: Flight; Afterword; Bibliography
Summary This book reconstructs the conviction of a slave girl found guilty of beating and burning to death her owner, the man who fathered her three children. The political climate of pre-Civil War Missouri did not favor justice for an enslaved girl who confessed to murdering her owner, even though those acquainted with the case believed she could not have committed the deed
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-324)
Notes Print version record
Subject Women slaves -- Missouri -- Fiction
Slaveholders -- Crimes against -- Fiction
FICTION -- General.
Women slaves.
Missouri -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Legal stories.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780773411203