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“All Men Are Created Equal”: How Mum Bett Not Only Won Her Lawsuit For Freedom But Was Assessed Damages For Her Labor

The 1781 Berkshire County Case Of Brom And Bett vs. Ashley “I heard that paper read yesterday, that says, all men are created equal, and that every man has a right to freedom. I’m not a dumb critter; won’t the law give me my freedom?” 13 — Elizabeth Freedom (Mum Bett) After overhearing discussions of the new Massachusetts State […]

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