Perspectives Book Group - Never Caught

Virtual

Presenter: Tammi Truax

As part of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives Book Groups, we're reading Never Caught, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the
powerful story about a daring woman of “extraordinary grit.” We will explore the facts about the escape to NH of Ona Judge, from the Washington presidential household, after reading this non-fiction book. 

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 brought along nine slaves, including Ona Judge. As the President grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t abide: 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, she was denied freedom. So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two-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.

“A crisp and compulsively readable feat of research and storytelling” (USA TODAY), historian and National Book Award finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked everything to gain freedom from the famous founding father and most powerful man in the United States at the time.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE BOOK PRIOR TO DISCUSSION.

Registration information will be posted soon.

Event Details

When:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 7:00pm

Where:

Virtual
PO Box 399
Bartlett NH 03812

Hosted By:

Bartlett Public Library

Contact Info:

Bartlett Public Library, librarian@bartlettpubliclibrary.org or 603-374-2755