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Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway… (edició 2018)

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"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws. Profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away."--NoveList."When George and Martha Washington moved from their beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia to Philadelphia, then the seat of the nation's capital, they took nine enslaved people with them. They would serve as cooks and horsemen, as house servants and personal attendants. The North was different for the entire household, free and enslaved, white and black. There was a new climate to adjust to, and new mores as well. Slavery, in Philadelphia at least, was looked down upon. Indeed, there was even a law requiring slaveholders to free their slaves after six months. Yet George Washington thought he could outwit and circumvent the law by sending his slaves south every six months, thereby resetting the clock. Among the slaves to figure out this subterfuge was Ona Judge, Martha Washington's chief attendant. Having interacted with Philadelphia's sizable free black community, Ona Judge observed and soon longed for liberation. And, risking everything she knew, leaving behind everyone she loved and had known her entire life, she fled. Here, then, is the story not only of the powerful lure of freedom but also of George Washington's determination to recapture his property by whatever means necessary. Never Caught is the only book that examines the life of an eighteenth-century fugitive woman in intricate detail, and it provides a new look at George Washington's relationship to slavery. An important new work on one of the world's most celebrated families, Never Caught is a must-read for anyone interested in American history."--Dust jacket.… (més)
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Títol:Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Autors:Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Autor)
Informació:37 Ink (2018), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge de Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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After reading this, as well as a book about Sally Hemings, a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson, I am left with the frustration that this history is not taught in our schools. We need to explain to ourselves why Washington did not have more compassion for the lives of people under autocratic rule of a different nature. A powerful book about what was gained and what was lost. I am left, as always when thinking about slavery and it’s devastating effect on the centuries to come, with the quote, “there are none so blind as those who will not see.” http://www.actualfreedom.com.au/richard/abditorium/nonesoblind.htm ( )
  krazy4katz | Feb 12, 2021 |
It must be really hard to etch out a history of a person who wanted to stay hidden and was, heck, not even considered a full person back then. Giving that, this is an excellent book... tries to give possible scenarios for time lapses, bases some theories on how others thought at that period, yet never claimed exact knowledge. Loved it.

Audiobook narrator: excellent ( )
  marshapetry | Dec 18, 2020 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched and thoughtful biography. I found this extremely readable and nicely paced. The author uses white sources, The Washington's, to track Judge's early years acknowledges that and still manages to leave The First Family in the background. Skillfully done. Ona has her own voice and tells her own story.
George and Martha Washington are truly despicable people. I hope they died in abject pain, George for one did. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Ona Judge was born into slavery at Mount Vernon in the 1770s as the dower property of Martha Washington, wife of the first President of the United States. In the 1790s, aware that she was to be given as a "wedding gift" to Martha Washington's mercurial granddaughter, Judge made the decision to escape into freedom, drawing on the help and support of a network of free Blacks to escape hundreds of miles north to New Hampshire. While never legally emancipated, the certain embarrassment that any news stories about a former president chasing a fleeing slave would cause meant that Martha's descendants eventually left Judge in peace. Legally, however, Judge remained a fugitive for the rest of her life.

Neither George nor Martha Washington come off well in this account. It's long mystified me why so many Americans seem to imbue at least their earliest presidents with a kind of infallible aura. No such virtue is on display here. George Washington deliberately exploited loopholes in the law so that he would not have to manumit the people whom he enslaved, preferring to deny them their freedom rather than live within his means. His wife seems to have had no sense at all of the humanity of those whom she enslaved—even though it is likely that at least some of them were blood relatives of hers, given the long-standing pattern of white men raping Black women.

Ona Judge, however, was clearly a woman of immense bravery, determination, and will-power, and I wish that we knew more about her than can be gleaned from a handful of archival references and the two newspaper interviews which she gave towards the end of her life. Erica Armstrong Dunbar does an excellent job in presenting Judge as a full person amid a meticulous recreation of life for enslaved people in the late 18th-century United States. But there are points where Dunbar goes out too far on the evidentiary limb, telling us that Judge must have felt X or definitely thought Y when we've got absolutely no way of knowing. I found myself wishing either that Dunbar had edited this down into a tight, engaging magazine article or taken the extra step of fictionalisation and turned this into a novel. ( )
  siriaeve | Dec 7, 2020 |
It’s very hard to write history of people who were deliberately kept out of history/only reported on by the people who had a vested interest in disrespecting their humanity. Dunbar has to do a lot of speculating about what Judge would have seen and felt, but it’s still a powerful story, emphasizing that the Washingtons not only enslaved people but specifically schemed to ensure that bringing their enslaved people to Pennsylvania—a free state—would not lead to their freedom. And George Washington used his power as President, then former President, to continue to search for Judge and try to get local officials to help bring her back. ( )
  rivkat | Feb 11, 2020 |
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"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws. Profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away."--NoveList."When George and Martha Washington moved from their beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia to Philadelphia, then the seat of the nation's capital, they took nine enslaved people with them. They would serve as cooks and horsemen, as house servants and personal attendants. The North was different for the entire household, free and enslaved, white and black. There was a new climate to adjust to, and new mores as well. Slavery, in Philadelphia at least, was looked down upon. Indeed, there was even a law requiring slaveholders to free their slaves after six months. Yet George Washington thought he could outwit and circumvent the law by sending his slaves south every six months, thereby resetting the clock. Among the slaves to figure out this subterfuge was Ona Judge, Martha Washington's chief attendant. Having interacted with Philadelphia's sizable free black community, Ona Judge observed and soon longed for liberation. And, risking everything she knew, leaving behind everyone she loved and had known her entire life, she fled. Here, then, is the story not only of the powerful lure of freedom but also of George Washington's determination to recapture his property by whatever means necessary. Never Caught is the only book that examines the life of an eighteenth-century fugitive woman in intricate detail, and it provides a new look at George Washington's relationship to slavery. An important new work on one of the world's most celebrated families, Never Caught is a must-read for anyone interested in American history."--Dust jacket.

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