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Descendants of Celia and Robert Newsom Speak

College of Education, Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
Genealogy 2020, 4(2), 49;
Received: 4 February 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 14 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genealogy and Critical Family History)
This paper deploys narrative inquiry and analysis to capture the oral history of two families’ intergenerational memory of an African American woman named Celia who was hanged in 1855 for killing her owner Robert Newsom. It is the first scholarly investigation into the intergenerational memory of both black and white descendants of Robert Newsom, and the first to be conducted utilizing the theory of critical family history. Through the paradigm of Black Feminist Thought, the paper analyzes the power imbalances embedded in the narrative about family relations, especially those that conjure race, gender roles and class produced through oral history. View Full-Text
Keywords: race and gender; black womens’ history; slavery race and gender; black womens’ history; slavery
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