It has often been noted that there was a special irony amongst some of the Founding Fathers™ and their decision to keep slaves. These were people who were supposedly creating the world's first truly free nation, and yet they held ownership to human beings. Even my personal favorite, Thomas Jefferson had slaves working his land, and this was the guy who got drunk one night and wrote the greatest "Dear John" letter to a monarch since the Magna Carta. That of course was the Declaration of Independence.
This week's installment centers around a clever and passionate young slave owned by Washington named Ona Judge. She had the courage to escape to the more liberal states and away from Ol' Wooden Teeth's servitude. This caused a bit of a scandal to unfold as Ona remained defiant despite threats and public admonishment. The story is told by a historian who has consumed one and a half bottles of wine before making the attempt...enjoy!!