Interesting Note

Dr. Laurie Robertson-Lorant in an article originally published in the Summer 2006 issue of Special Places, The Trustees of Reservations, writes that “Sedgwick agreed to take her case, but because women had no rights in courts of law, he asked Cato Brom, another slave, to serve as co-plaintiff in the suit and filed a writ requesting their release.”  Mumbet: Truth Was Her Nature

References & Articles on Mumbet in Library

  • America’s Story by David King and Margaret Branson, Story 7, “Mumbet” Book 3.  (1984) Sundance Publishing.
  • Berkshire Courts Emancipated the First American Slave, The Berkshire Hills, Vol. I, No. 2, Pittsfield, MA, October 1, 1900, p.4,5
  • Berkshire Book, Berkshire Historical and Scientific Society, Judicial History of Berkshire, p.104-5
  • Black Women in America Volume One, Editors, Darlene Clark Hine, Elsa Barkley Brown, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (Indiana University Press, 1994,p. 469, Essay written by Taunya Lovell Banks
  • Dictionary of American Biography, (8, Part 2: 549-50), article on Mumbet, author Zachariah Chaffee
  • Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Editors, Rayford W. Logan and Michael
    R. Winston (Published by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1982)
  • Life and Letters of Catharine M. Sedgwick, Edited by Mary E. Dewey , 1871
  • Mumbet & Judge Sedgwick: A Footnote to the Early History of Massachusetts Justice, The Boston Bar Jornal VII Jan 1964, p.12-14
  • Mumbet: Folklore and Fact, by Arthur Zilversmit
  • New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, George Ripley and Charles A. Dana, eds,.(New York: d. appleton and co., 1863), Vol. XIV, p. 487
  • Part First, Gazetteer of Berkshire County, Massachusetts 1725-1885 by Hamilton Child, 1885, p.349-351
  • Quok walker, Mumbet and the Abolition of Slavery in Massachusetts, William and May Quarterly 3rd Ser. Vol. XXV, 1968, p. 616
  • Retrospect of Western Travel, Harriet Martineau, discusses Elizabeth Freeman
  • Sheffield: Frontier Town, Lillian E. Priess (North Adams, Ma: Excelsior Printing Co., 1976), p. 47
  • “Slavery in New England,” by Catharine Sedgwick, Bentley’s Miscellany, XXXIV (London: Woodfall and Kinder, 1853 ), p. 417-24
  • The Ashleys: A Pioneer Berkshire Family, Publication prepared for use as a guidebook for the Ashley House, Ashley Falls, MA.
  • The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution 1770-1800, Sidney Kaplan (1973), pp. 216-217)
  • The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in the North, (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1967)
  • The History of the Negro in America 1619-1900,By George Washington Williams (1863)
  • The Life and Times of Elizabeth Freeman by Paul F. Graham
  • The Practicability of the Abolition of Slavery: A Lecture Delivered at the Lyceum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts Berkshire Book, Berkshire Historical and Scientific Society, Judicial History of Berkshire, p.104-5