Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle.
"All men are born free and equal."
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, and her brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.
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.
This wonderful book doesn't come out until February 2014, but you can pre-order it at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.