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Never Caught

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A startling and eye-opening look into America's first family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation's capital and reach freedom.

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation's capital. In setting up his household, he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary, and eight slaves, including Ona Judge, about which little has been written. As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn't get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south, just as the clock was about to expire.

Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered firsthand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself one cold spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.

At just 22 years old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.

Impeccably researched, historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked it all to gain freedom from the famous founding father.

©2017 Erica Armstrong Dunbar (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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    "Good research, but a lot of filler."

    Great story and good research. However, many same things said 5 different ways surrounded by filler.

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    Brad Turner 03-07-17
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    This book kept my attention the entire time. The narrator did a great job. I've read a few books about George Washington and have always admired him. I still have great respect for the Washington family but this book gave me an entirely different perspective. Well done!

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    Kay 04-12-17
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    "Interesting story"
    Would you try another book from Erica Armstrong Dunbar and/or Robin Miles?

    Seems fairly well written and researched. There was some redundancy in the writing - felt like author was trying to stretch to get more pages. But overall - interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrelisa Livingston 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Black history is so important"

    I enjoyed listening to this incredible story of Ona Judge Stains and her incredible journey.

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    Steven 03-21-17
    Steven 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "my first historical book"

    a great story and a good insight into African-American life in slavery a true unsung hero

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    Kym Robare 07-28-17
    Kym Robare 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very informative!"

    This read like a mix between non fiction and fiction. It really shattered my beliefs about Washington. I naively held him on a pedestal and I am always glad when history sets my beliefs straight.

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    Susan levant, ME, US 07-11-17
    Susan levant, ME, US 07-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent true story! Very interesting. Somewhat sad but inspirational as well. I highly recommend it.

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    "Slavery in George Washington's World"

    A necessary telling of the hidden history of the founding of the USA and the first president.

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    weezieweaver 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must-read for lovers of history."

    Dunbar's beautiful, stirring storytelling of Ona Judge's life and quest for freedom is a must-read for historians and history "buffs" alike. Or really, anyone interested in real life and death situations. Dunbar captures life in colonial and early Virginia, Philadelphia, and New England for enslaved people and slaveowners. Robin Miles's smooth narration brings the words off the page and brings out the emotions and environment of 18th century life. This book will make you care about history, and makes me want to be a better writer.

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    Tiffany N. Burnett 06-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story of triumph and perseverance"

    I loved this story. History has never been my favorite subject, but the truth shared here gave me new perspectives on my own freedom and limitless possibilities.

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