Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of "Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge," will discuss and sign her new book, to be published on February 7.
“Never Caught is the compelling story of Ona Judge Staines, the woman who successfully defied George and Martha Washington in order to live as free woman. With vivid prose and deep sympathy, Dunbar paints a portrait of a woman whose life reveals the contradictions at the heart of the American founding: men like Washington fought for liberty for themselves even as they kept people like Ona Staines in bondage. There is no way to really know the Washingtons without knowing this story.” — Annette Gordon Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hemingses of Monticello"
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