Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

One woman’s brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.

By Gretchen Woelfle Read by Susie Berneis African American / Children’s Fiction / Historical English, Unabridged 16m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Audio CDs Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 UTC 2015 14.99 12.99 9781633796010 Add to Cart
							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.

“This deceptively simple story is an excellent introduction to the powerful and noble liberties outlined in our state and national constitutions.” - School Library Journal (audiobook)

"Mumbet’s still largely unknown story came to light through letters and journal entries written by her lawyer’s daughter. Delinois’ minimalist but highly evocative acrylic illustrations add depth to the sensitive, inspiring text. A great addition to picture-book collections of American history." - Booklist

"Freeman's strength of character is reflected in her determined facial expressions and strong stance. While her story is highly inspiring, details about her life are sketchy; information comes primarily from an account written by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, the daughter of Theodore. While this picture book is presented as nonfiction, the story itself is highly fictionalized. An author's note explains what is known about Mumbet and reminds readers that 'History is fluid.'" - School Library Journal