George Washington Relentlessly Pursued Runaway Slave

A student of history can’t really have a full picture of George Washington without examining his relentless pursuit of a runaway slave. Even though he was living in Pennsylvania, which required slaves to be freed if residing in the state six months, Washington avoided obeying the law by sending his slaves back to Virginia every six months. He desperately wanted to protect his “property.” The blindness of America’s great founding founder, who championed freedom, to the rights of African Americans, makes us wonder about our own blindness to the moral dilemmas of the world in our own time.

The blindness of America’s great founding founder, who championed the freedom of colonists, to the rights of African Americans, makes us wonder about our own blindness to the moral dilemmas of the world in our own time.

I have heard the rationalizations — that Washington treated his slaves relatively well, it was a different time and we should not harshly judge persons of the past by our own values. But only recently have mainstream scholars begun to dig up the perspectives of slaves such as Ona Judge, who Washington hunted down. Their stories are also America’s stories.

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Oney Judge – Wikipedia

Oney “Ona” Judge ( c. 1773—February 25, 1848), known as Oney Judge Staines after marriage ….. Never Caught : Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781501126390.

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Mar 14, 2017 – President George Washington used the power of the U.S. government to unsuccessfully pursue the capture of escaped slave Ona Judge until …

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