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The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom

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When General George Washington is elected the first President of the United States, his wife chooses young Oney Judge, a house slave who works as a seamstress at Mount Vernon, to travel with her to the nation's capital in New York City as her personal maid. When the capital is moved to Philadelphia, the Washingtons and Oney move, too, and there Oney meets free blacks for the first time. At first Oney can't imagine being free — she depends on the Washingtons for food, warmth, and clothing. But then Mrs. Washington tells Oney that after her death she will be sent to live with Mrs. Washington's granddaughter. Oney is horrified because she knows it is likely that she will then be sold to a stranger — the worst fate she can imagine. Oney realizes she must run. One day she sees an opportunity and takes it, ending up in New Hampshire, where she lives the rest of her life, poor but free.

Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations bring to life this picture book biography of Oney Judge, a young woman who, in the end, has no mistress but herself.

Review:

"The watercolor paintings, often circular cameos on the page, along with the text, create a good sense of household life and the rising issues of slavery in these early days of the new republic. McCully uses Oney's growing awareness of the meaning and importance of freedom as a theme throughout the story." School Library Journal

Review:

"Straightforward and unapologetic in delivery, this offering stands as a noteworthy effort to add complexity to the mythology surrounding the country's first president." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The bright, eye-catching watercolor-and-ink artwork makes the story even more accessible....Fascinating history." Booklist

Synopsis:

When General George Washington is elected the first President of the United States, his wife chooses young Oney Judge, a house slave who works as a seamstress at Mount Vernon, to travel with her to the nations capital in New York City as her personal maid. When the capital is moved to Philadelphia, the Washingtons and Oney move, too, and there Oney meets free blacks for the first time. At first Oney cant imagine being free - she depends on the Washingtons for food, warmth, and clothing. But then Mrs. Washington tells Oney that after her death she will be sent to live with Mrs. Washingtons granddaughter. Oney is horrified because she knows it is likely that she will then be sold to a stranger - the worst fate she can imagine. Oney realizes she must run. One day she sees an opportunity and takes it, ending up in New Hampshire, where she lives the rest of her life, poor but free.

Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations bring to life this picture book biography of Oney Judge, a young woman who, in the end, has no mistress but herself.

 
The Escape of Oney Judge is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Emily Arnold McCully has written and illustrated many children's books, including Mirette on the High Wire, a Caldecott Medal Book, Marvelous Mattie, and Squirrel and John Muir, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She divides her time between New York City and upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374322250
Subtitle:
Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom
Author:
Mccully, Emily
Author:
McCully, Emily Arnold
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial
Subject:
Historical / United States / Revolutionary Periods
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/United States/African American
Subject:
Biographical - United States
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary Periods
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20070123
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes full-color illustrations throug
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.4 x 8.86 x 0.4 in
Age Level:
06-UP

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Product details 32 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374322250 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The watercolor paintings, often circular cameos on the page, along with the text, create a good sense of household life and the rising issues of slavery in these early days of the new republic. McCully uses Oney's growing awareness of the meaning and importance of freedom as a theme throughout the story."
"Review" by , "Straightforward and unapologetic in delivery, this offering stands as a noteworthy effort to add complexity to the mythology surrounding the country's first president."
"Review" by , "The bright, eye-catching watercolor-and-ink artwork makes the story even more accessible....Fascinating history."
"Synopsis" by ,
When General George Washington is elected the first President of the United States, his wife chooses young Oney Judge, a house slave who works as a seamstress at Mount Vernon, to travel with her to the nations capital in New York City as her personal maid. When the capital is moved to Philadelphia, the Washingtons and Oney move, too, and there Oney meets free blacks for the first time. At first Oney cant imagine being free - she depends on the Washingtons for food, warmth, and clothing. But then Mrs. Washington tells Oney that after her death she will be sent to live with Mrs. Washingtons granddaughter. Oney is horrified because she knows it is likely that she will then be sold to a stranger - the worst fate she can imagine. Oney realizes she must run. One day she sees an opportunity and takes it, ending up in New Hampshire, where she lives the rest of her life, poor but free.

Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations bring to life this picture book biography of Oney Judge, a young woman who, in the end, has no mistress but herself.

 
The Escape of Oney Judge is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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