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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

To Submitted Via Blackboard 

After reading Celia a Slave, the Intimately Oppressed, and Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom write a FIVE to SIX , double-spaced, page (12 font) essay addressing prompts 1-5

1. Demonstrate how Celia’s life shows how slavery placed the people of this story, both black and white, in specific situations that forced them to make and to act upon personal decisions of a fundamentally moral nature.

The people you must focus on are:

  • Celia
  • Robert Newsom
  • George
  • And another character of student’s choice.

2. Describe the larger political issues centered around slavery and sectional strife that caused interest and anxiety over Celia’s trial.

Admitting Missouri as a state

Nat-Turner’s Rebellion

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Emigrant Aid Societies

3. How was the trial and the individuals involved with the trial (judge, lawyers, jury) affected by slavery? How did the press describe both the crime and the trail?


4. What does Celia's story reveal about race and gender in the Unites States during the Antebellum?


5. After reading the following essay:

Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom and the Intimately Oppressed

demonstrate your understanding the significant political, economic, social, and human conditions that constituted slavery. Use the following questions as a study guide, but be sure your analysis integrates both the essay and the book in a relevant and sensitive manner. 


  • On what basis did the U.S government support slavery?
  • What actions did the U.S. government take to support slavery?
  • Zinn writes, “Such a government would never accept an end to slavery by rebellion”. Why would the white elite want to determine when and how slavery would end?

  • What does Zinn mean by “Are the conditions of slavery as important as the existence of slavery?”?
  • How common was it for enslaved women to be sexually abused in the colonial and antebellum period
  • Referring to Zinn, why would it be considered extraordinary that Celia was even afforded a trial?