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Cecelia and FannyThe Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress$
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Brad Asher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134147

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134147.001.0001

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Cecelia: Learning about Being a Slave

Cecelia: Learning about Being a Slave

(p.41) Chapter 3 Cecelia: Learning about Being a Slave
Cecelia and Fanny

Brad Asher

University Press of Kentucky

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

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