Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons: An Enslaved Woman Fights for Freedom

Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons: An Enslaved Woman Fights for Freedom


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Soon after American colonists had won independence from Great Britain, Ona Judge was fighting for her own freedom from one of America's most famous founding fathers, George Washington. George and Martha Washington valued Ona as one of their most skilled and trustworthy slaves, but she would risk everything to achieve complete freedom. Born into slavery at Mount Vernon, Ona seized the opportunity to escape when she was brought to live in the President's Mansion in Philadelphia. Ona fled to New Hampshire and started a new life. But the Washingtons wouldn't give up easily. After her escape, Ona became the focus of a years-long manhunt, led by America's first president. Gwendolyn Hooks' vivid and detailed prose captures the danger, uncertainty, and persistence Ona Judge experienced during and after her heroic escape.

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ISBN-13: 9781543512809
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,158,260
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gwendolyn Hooks has written many books including If You Were A Kid During the Civil Rights Movement, The Cat Food Mystery, and Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. She is the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award and her book  Block Party  is a Junior Library Guide selection. Gwendolyn resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


This book introduces a seldom explored topic: the contradiction of our founding fathers' interpretation of freedom during the founding of the United States of America — all men are created equal, and yet many, including George Washington, kept slaves such as Ona Judge.; Consultant reviewed this material to ensure historical accuracy and cultural sensitivity.; Back matter includes further reading and an afterword provide additional historical context.

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