Brooks de Vita, Alexis Books

Alexis Brooks de Vita is an associate professor of African and Diaspora literatures in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and literary and cultural studies at Texas Southern University. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

1855 Murder Case of Missouri v. Celia, An Enslaved Woman. An Exercise in Historical Imagination
2010 0-7734-3528-X
Reconstructs the conviction of a slave girl found guilty of beating and burning to death her owner, the man who fathered her three children. The political climate of pre-Civil War Missouri did not favor justice for an enslaved girl who confessed to murdering her owner, even though those acquainted with the case believed she could not have committed the deed.