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.
|Product dimensions:||5.56(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Gretchen Woelfle is the author of many books for young readers, including Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren, and Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer, which also told the stories of pioneering women in American history.
Susie Berneis is a versatile voice over artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, cultivated in her 20-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor, (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and Theatre) Susie now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration.
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Title: Mumbet's Declaration Of Independence Author: Gretchen Woelfle Illustrator: Alix Delinois Publisher: Lemer Publishing Group Published: 2-1-2014 ISBN-10: 0761365893 ISBN-13: 978-0761365891 E-Book ASIN: B00HNXBZSS Pages: 32 Genre: Children's Fiction, Tags: Historical Fiction, Colonial, African America Overall Rating: Very Good Mumbet was a slave and as such was owned by Colonel Ashley of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, she did not even have a proper name. Mrs. Ashley treated her badly. Always calling her useless or dumb, but Mumbet was neither. When the colonist would meet at Colonel Ashley's home to discuss the their unhappiness with the Kings laws and decided to go to war and declare their independence from England. All that they said Mumbet heard. Words like freedom and independence is the right of a people. During the war of independence she dreamed of just one moments freedom. When the war ended she went to the same lawyer, r. Sedgwick, who use to come to the Colonels home and told him she was free as well. After all the Constitution was now law and it stated that all people are born free and equal. Mr. Sedgewick agreed to take it to court and see if Mumbet was really free. Follow along and learn what became of Mumbet. A real person who lived long ago. Only letters and journal entries tell her story. Mumbets Declaration of Independence tell of her life, hopes, dreams, intelligence, and determination to know true freedom. Read her story to know if her dreams come true. This wonderful story is an inspiration of hope and a reminder that we need to treat everyone with respect and equally. The illustrations are very well done and portray the story beautifully. I hope you find Mumbet's story as much as I did. Pick up a copy for yourself and anyone looking to learn more about
The pictures are beautiful and so vivid in color. I love that the book covers parts of the American Revolution that is not normally talked about. I had no idea that there were slaves that petitioned for their freedom after hearing about the Massachusetts Constitution. Even though this book does not use primary source documents, it is a fictional story based on a real person. I think my students will connect with it more than what we read in our textbooks. I will definitely be getting a copy of the book when it is published. The back of the book tells a little more history of Mumbet and what she did after gaining her freedom and also gives several websites that offer additional resources. The author also has a book on the life of Mercy Otis Warren that I would love to add to my library.