The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri Versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman: An Exercise in Historical Imagination

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780773435285: The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri Versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman: An Exercise in Historical Imagination

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. Whatever really happened at the Newsom farm that led to such explosive violence was scattered in contradictory fragments, in altered court records, distorted news releases, vague census data, and the elided bits of memory and hearsay manipulated for the trial and discarded after Celia's execution. This book pieces together the most probable sequence of events that erupted in the brutal murder of Robert Newsom and the mistrial that condemned Celia to death by hanging. "All Alone" reveals the motives and identity of the most likely murderer and explains what might have motivated Celia's incredible confession.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Brooks de Vita gives voices to the human actors who occasioned the court action but whose real thoughts and motives will never be fully known." - Dr. Ralph J. Hexter Hampshire College "... offers a unique analysis that excavates the deep secrets and arresting circumstances of both the homicide, itself, as well as the trial and execution of the sentence." - Prof. Karla F. C. Holloway Duke University"

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 149.95
US$ 604.80

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Alexis Brooks De Vita, Nelson C., II Solomon (Introduction), Ralph J. Hexter (Foreword)
Published by Mellen Poetry Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 077343528X ISBN 13: 9780773435285
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mellen Poetry Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX077343528X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 604.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Alexis Brooks De Vita
Published by Mellen Poetry Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 077343528X ISBN 13: 9780773435285
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mellen Poetry Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M077343528X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 723.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds