Introduction

Image of Celia, Courtesy of UMKC school of Law

Image of Celia, Courtesy of UMKC school of Law

This blog is dedicated to the examination of slavery, abolitionism and the law. Specifically, I want to examine how the abolitionist press affected social attitudes towards the law in 1850’s Missouri. I intend to use a trial in history, Celia v. Missouri, to examine these attitudes and how they influenced people regarding the law. Furthermore, I want to examine how those social attitudes affected the trial of the aforementioned Celia. Celia was a young slave girl in Missouri who murdered her master in 1855, was tried and ultimately found guilty. Here we will examine the backdrop that preceded her incarceration, the abolitionist press that influenced it, and the social attitudes that prevailed throughout her trial.