Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

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Never Caught; the Washingtons’ relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

Title: Never Caught; the Washingtons; Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
By: Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Published: 2017
Call #: 306.362092 Judge.O Dunbar.E

After reading In the Hurricane’s Eye (2018) by Nathaniel Philbrick the story of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, I wanted to learn more about Washington and his position on slavery, which is only touched on briefly in that book. Never Caught brings us a heroine from history, Ona Marie Judge, Martha Washington’s lady’s maid. Ona’s mother is a slave and her father is a white indentured servant who worked for Washington. Since the Washingtons preferred their house slaves to be light skinned, and because her mother was a brilliant seamstress, Ona was selected by Martha Washington to be trained to dress her and accompany her on her day’s activities. Erica Armstrong Dunbar follows Ona’s story with empathy and insight. This book is a compelling and convicting read, giving us a window into the American republic as it was making decisions aided by Washington that would set a tragic pattern for our own lives. Never Caught was nominated for the National Book Award in nonfiction in 2017. Ms Dunbar has just published a children’s book of the same name, Never Caught,  about Ona Judge.(2019)

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