Cecelia: Learning about Being a Slave

Brad Asher

in Cecelia and Fanny

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134147
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135922 | DOI:
Cecelia: Learning about Being a Slave

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This chapter describes the lessons Cecelia absorbed from the experience of being a slave. In particular, the chapter stresses the fragility of family life under slavery and emphasizes slaves' efforts to maintain and rebuild family ties under conditions of oppression. It examines the life of Cecelia's mother and suggests the conclusions Cecelia drew from her mother's life. It also describes Cecelia's changing duties as she moved from little girl to house slave to Fanny's personal maid.

Keywords: slavery; family life; personal agency; house slaves; urban slavery

Chapter.  5856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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