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Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

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Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the founders weren't the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to freedom. Mumbet, a Massachusetts slave, believed it too. She longed to be free, but how? Would anyone help her in her fight for freedom? Could she win against her owner, the richest man in town? Mumbet was determined to try.

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence tells her story for the first time in a picture book biography, showing how her brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.

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"The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 included the provision, 'All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights.' Using that document as a basis, Mumbet, with the support of a young lawyer named Theodore Sedgwick, challenged the legality of slavery. As a result of their efforts, in 1783 slavery was declared unconstitutional and 5000 slaves in the state gained freedom. Vividly colored illustrations reflect the generally hopeful tone of the story, while bold compositions and thickly layered paint suggest folk art....An author's note explains what is known about Mumbet and reminds readers that 'History is fluid.'" -- Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 10
Author Gretchen Woelfle
Illustrator Alix Delinois
ISBN 0761365893
Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Publisher Carolrhoda Books
Language English