Celia, a Slave


Melton McLaurin

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John Jameson Character Analysis

John Jameson is a successful lawyer and well-liked resident of Callaway County, Missouri, and in 1855 he’s appointed to defend Celia from the charge of homicide. As with many of the other main characters in the book, McLaurin gives little information about Jameson’s personality and character. However, it’s clear that Jameson, while not a genius by any means, is an energetic and hard-working man, with a good instinct for character and a knack for influencing others. Jameson is also, considering his contribution to Celia’s trial, an unusually moral person. Though many in the community believe that Celia is unambiguously guilty and evil, Jameson goes far beyond his duties as Celia’s lawyer and presents a brilliant defense of her actions that cuts through the contradictions and hypocrisies of antebellum slave society.

John Jameson Quotes in Celia, a Slave

The Celia, a Slave quotes below are all either spoken by John Jameson or refer to John Jameson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Avon Books edition of Celia, a Slave published in 1999.
Chapter 5 Quotes

[John Jameson’s] serious interest in religion raised the possibility that he might decide to mount something beyond the usual defense on behalf of a client, who, though a slave, appeared to be morally, if not legally, innocent of the crime with which she was charged.

Related Characters: Celia, John Jameson
Page Number: 90
Explanation and Analysis:

Jameson's cross-examination quickly established a key element of a planned defense that became fully evident only after all testimony had been heard. He immediately focused on the sexual nature of the relationship between Celia and Newsom, forcing Jones to admit that Celia had told him that Newsom had raped her on the return trip from Audrain County immediately after his purchase of her, that he had continued to demand sexual favors of her throughout the years she resided on the Newsom farm, and that he had fathered her children.

Page Number: 96
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John Jameson Character Timeline in Celia, a Slave

The timeline below shows where the character John Jameson appears in Celia, a Slave. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Beginnings
Historical Silence Theme Icon
The Political and the Personal Theme Icon
Slavery and Sexual Exploitation Theme Icon
...of the main beneficiaries of the growth of the Callaway community is a man named John Jameson . Jameson has lived in the community since 1825, when he tried to find work... (full context)
The Political and the Personal Theme Icon
John Jameson is among the most respected people living in Callaway. In 1839, he’s elected to serve... (full context)
Historical Silence Theme Icon
The Political and the Personal Theme Icon
Slavery and Sexual Exploitation Theme Icon
John Jameson and Robert Newsom are two prosperous, happy men, who seem to be pillars of their... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Trial
The Political and the Personal Theme Icon
The defense attorney for Celia is John Jameson , the uncle of Jefferson Jones. He’s a respected figure in the county, not just... (full context)
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Slavery and Sexual Exploitation Theme Icon
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Politically speaking, John Jameson supports the expansion of the United States. As a lawyer, he’s not a brilliant scholar,... (full context)