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Mumbet was a slave living in western Massachusetts in the years leading up to the American Revolution. While serving refreshments to members of a committee assembled at her owner’s home to craft a document of protest to be sent to the King of England, she overheard words that proclaimed freedom for all people. Later, after these same words were included in the constitution of the new state of Massachusetts, Mumbet convinced a young lawyer, Theodore Sedgwick, to successfully sue for her freedom in a court of law.  

Grade Level 4-12
Prevention/Folklore/Character Education

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Mumbet by Mary Wilds

One Minute a Free Woman: Elizabeth Freeman and the Struggle for her Freedom
by Emilie Piper and David Levinson
Paperback, 272 pages, 50 illustrations, chapter endnotes, index. Published by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area /African American Heritage Trail, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-9845492-0-7. Published 2011

A Free Woman on God's Earth A Free Woman On God's Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom
by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes
Publisher: Crow Flies Press (November 7, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0981491022
ISBN-13: 978-0981491028
Mumbet by Mary Wilds Mumbet : The Life and Times of Elizabeth Freeman : The True Story of a Slave Who Won Her Freedom (Avisson Young Adult Series) by Mary Wilds Booklist review - www.ala.org/booklist "In 1781, a black slave, MumBet (aka Elizabeth Freeman), heard the Declaration of Independence read at a town meeting in Sheffield, Massachusetts. The next day she went to a local attorney and asked him to file a lawsuit demanding her freedom. Two years later, MumBet won her lawsuit and became a free woman. Her trial helped set the legal precedents that ended slavery in New England. This brief biography gives the basics of MumBet's life and describes the troubled times in which she lived. There are tantalizing glimpses of a remarkable woman of action--a woman who dared to defy her cruel mistress and was scarred for life with a red-hot shovel as a result; a woman who foiled looters during Shay's Rebellion; a woman who made a new life for herself. Young adults will remember MumBet and her passionate outburst: "Any time, any time while I was a slave, if one minute's freedom had been offered to me and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it, just to stand one minute on God's earth a free woman, I would." Bibliography with primary and secondary sources; end notes. Jean Franklin Copyright© 1999, American Library Association. All rights reserved" This book was published in June 1999
Second Daughter by Mildred Pitts Walter Second Daughter: The Story of a Slave Girl by Mildred Pitts Walter
Booklist review - www.ala.org/booklist "The history is dramatic: in 1781 a slave woman, Mum Bett, took her owner to court and won her freedom under the Massachusetts Constitution. Her story is told in the voice of her fictional younger sister, Aissa, who describes the events leading up to that historic trial--what it was like to be a slave, to be sold away from home, to work for someone who saw you only as property, to hide your true self. The plot meanders, and the characterization is thin: through Aissa's eyes, people are pretty much saints or villains, though the author does show that Bett holds on to a strong sense of her inner worth. What readers will respond to are the facts of Bett's life and the bitter truth of the young slave's commentary. For the powerful leaders who are fighting the Revolutionary War and hammering out the Constitution, the sisters are invisible. As the action builds to the climax of the trial, Aissa raises the elemental question: if the great new Constitution says that all men are created equal, does "men" include black men and all women?" Hazel Rochman Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved This book was published in 1996
Mumbet by Harold Felton

Mumbet : The Story of Elizabeth Freeman
by Harold W. Felton
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Publisher: Dodd Mead; First Edition edition (April 1970)
ISBN-10: 0396078419
ISBN-13: 978-0396078418

Other Books Mentioning Mumbet

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800

The Black presence in the era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800
by Sidney Kaplan (pages 216 -217)
Publisher: New York Graphic Society; illustrated edition edition (October 1973)
ISBN-10: 0821205412
ISBN-13: 978-0821205419

Mumbet is mentioned on pages 216 -217

America's story by David King

America's Story by David King and Margaret Branson
Publisher: Sundance Publishing (1984)

Mumbet is mentioned in Story 7, "Mumbet" Book 3.

 

 

Books by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts
(Penguin Classics) [Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 1, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0140436766
ISBN-13: 978-0140436761

Set in 17th-century New England, this is a portrait of early American life and the role of women in building the Republic. It challenges the conventional view of Indians, tackles interracial marriage and cross-cultural friendship, and claims for women their rightful place in history.

Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusett
(American Women Writers Series) [Hardcover]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 1, 1987)
ISBN-10: 0813512212
ISBN-13: 978-0813512211

Set in 17th-century New England, this is a portrait of early American life and the role of women in building the Republic. It challenges the conventional view of Indians, tackles interracial marriage and cross-cultural friendship, and claims for women their rightful place in history.

Redwood: A Tale...
The Linwoods: Or, 'Redwood: A Tale...
[Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Nabu Press (January 8, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1141038218 ISBN-13: 978-1141038213
A New England Tale
A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character and Manners
(Early American Women Writers) [Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (September 28, 1995)
Written in 1822, A New-England Tale is the first of Catherine Sedgwick's twenty novels in addition to the one hundred short magazine pieces she published in her lifetime. The story of an orphan girl in rural New England and the moral and religious trials she faces as she grows up, this intriguing portrait provides a unique look at the religious and political climate of this crucial period in America's development as a country. Addressing many of the complex religious, political, and philosophical issues of the time, as well as theoretical issues of the woman writer, A New-England Tale is a classic nineteenth-century story of a young woman's moral and material triumphs.
Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick
[Hardcover]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Massachusetts Historical Society (1993)
ASIN: B0013730HE
Married or Single?
Married or Single?
[Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1857)
ISBN-10: 1429739762 ISBN-13: 978-1429739764
The Linwoods: Or, 'Sixty Years Since' in America
The Linwoods: Or, 'Sixty Years Since' in America
[Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: BiblioLife (February 11, 2009)
ISBN-10: 110321036X ISBN-13: 978-1103210367
The Linwoods: Or, 'Sixty Years Since' in America
The Linwoods: Or, 'Sixty Years Since' in America
[Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Nabu Press (August 20, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1177583364 ISBN-13: 978-1177583367
Life And Letters Of Catharine M. Sedgwick
Life And Letters Of Catharine M. Sedgwick
[Paperback]
by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Publisher: Rossetti Press (July 8, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1408683881 ISBN-13: 978-1408683880
Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives
Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives
[Hardcover]
Lucinda Damon-Bach (Editor), Victoria Clements (Editor), Mary Kelley (Contributor), Ed. Victoria Clements (Author)
Publisher: Northeastern; illustrated edition edition (2003)
ISBN-10: 1555535488 ISBN-13: 978-1555535483

Books by Theodore Sedgwick

Treatise on the Rules With Govern Interpretation and Construction of Statutory and Constitutional Law
Treatise on the Rules With Govern Interpretation and Construction of Statutory and Constitutional Law
[Hardcover]
by Theodore Sedgwick
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (May 1991)
ISBN-10: 0837711150 ISBN-13: 0837711150
Public and Private Economy (Poverty U.S.a. Historical Record Series : Part 1)
Public and Private Economy (Poverty U.S.a. Historical Record Series : Part 1)
[Hardcover]
by Theodore Sedgwick
Publisher: Fred B Rothman & Co; 2 edition (June 1981)
ISBN-10: 0405031254 ISBN-13: 0978-0405031250

Books by Tapping Reeve

The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery: With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, Heirs of the Body
The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery: With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, Heirs of the Body
[Hardcover]
by Tapping Reeve
Publisher: Lawbook Exchange; 3 edition (November 1998)
ISBN-10: 1886363587 ISBN-13: 978-1886363588
The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery: With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, Heirs of the Body
The Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery: With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, Heirs of the Body
[Paperback]
by Tapping Reeve
Publisher: Nabu Press (February 4, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1143736613 ISBN-13: 978-1143736612