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    A book recommendation

    I’ve just finished reading “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge“, by¬†Erica Armstrong Dunbar. It describes the life of one of the Washingtons’ many slaves and her eventual decision to escape. It may come as a surprise to some that the Father of Our Country would so embrace an institution that deprived others of their freedom, safety and dignity. He and Martha circumvented Pennsylvania and federal law in retaining their slaves in ‘Federal City’, later to become Washington DC.

    The life that Ona Judge lived as Martha Washington’s personal assistant was considered at the time as the best possible circumstance a slave could expect. But after years of dedicated service, she found that she would be given as a wedding present to a family member and chose to flee with the help of the free black community in Pennsylvania, never again being caught despite some very close calls.

    After viewing shackles belonging to George Washington in the Smithsonian years ago, this read did not come as a complete surprise to me, but it placed a real human face on the history. It’s yet another subchapter of the stories too often left out or covered over in American history.

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