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Hello, fellow community of readers!

The SCC Common Read team invites you to read Celia: A Slave by Melton McLaurin. In 1850, fourteen-year-old Celia became the property of Robert Newsom, a prosperous and respected Missouri farmer. For the next five years, she was cruelly and repeatedly molested by her abusive master--and bore him two children in the process. But in 1855, driven to the limits of her endurance, Celia fought back. And at the tender age of eighteen, the desperate and frightened young black woman found herself on trial for Newsom's murder--the defendant in a landmark courtroom battle that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South's most cherished institution. Based on court records, correspondences and newspaper accounts past and present, Celia, A Slave is a powerful masterwork of passion and scholarship--a stunning literary achievement that brilliantly illuminates one of the most extraordinary events in the long, dark history of slavery in America. Join us in the discussions that will examine the impact of racial slavery on American history, both past and present, as well as racial issues that still permeate society today. Please “Like” SCC Common Read on Facebook and attend our events and discussions. Your input to the conversation is valued and welcomed.

Dr. Michael Goleman and James Taylor

Chairs for the SCC Common Read Team


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Course(s) at SCC Related to this Book
College Reading
Criminal Justice
English 101
Political ScienceSociology 101

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