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In The 1700s An Enslaved Massachusetts Woman Sued For Her Freedom — And Won

Elizabeth Freeman used the colonists' ideas of equality and independence to sue for her freedom. Her lawyer was Theodore Sedgwick, who would later become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The School of Economics Building at the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, was designed by Grafton Architects — founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. It launched Grafton Architects as a leading designer of university buildings. Federico Brunetti/Pritzker Architecture Prize hide caption

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For The 1st Time, Architecture's Most Prestigious Prize Is Awarded To 2 Women

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The Freeman Room in the Ashley House in Sheffield, Mass., includes a portrait of Elizabeth Freeman. Nancy Eve Cohen/New England Public Media hide caption

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In The 1700s An Enslaved Massachusetts Woman Sued For Her Freedom — And Won

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