This concise but interesting book is an excellent biography of a courageous and gifted Black woman in post-Colonial times. With self-composure she fought for her freedom—not using violence—but working within the Law, in a Connecticut courtroom.

Consisting of an introduction and 15 short chapters this modest
volume depicts her focused struggle to enjoy the liberty which the Colonists had recently bought so dearly. In her pursuit of justice she earns the respect of her lawyer and second master/employer. She performs all household duties with skill and integrity: nurse, housekeeper, even defender of the hearth during the master's absence. Mumbet pursues her dream of freedom 35 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, and achieves it legally, with great dignity. I had never heard of this courageous woman(I am embarrassed to confess), so this little book is a great read for young students of Black History—as well as anyone pursuing a course in Women's Studies.

(Decemer 5, 2012. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

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