Female Slaves and the Law

Here’s Professor Martha Jones of the University of Michigan giving a lecture on female slaves and the law, beginning with the story of Celia, an enslaved woman who killed her “owner,” who was sexually abusing her.

The video’s description reads, “Professor Martha Jones talked about the mid-19th century court case of Celia, a female slave who killed her master after repeated sexual assaults. Topcis included what options Celia may have had, and the involvement of her fellow slaves and her master’s white neighbors in her court case.”

https://www.c-span.org/video/?321554-1/female-slaves-law

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