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Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Writer, Historian, & Lecturer

Erica Armstrong Dunbar focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American women’s history. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (2008), was the first book to chronicle the lives of African American women in the North during the early years of the Republic and the years leading to…

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American women’s history. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (2008), was the first book to chronicle the lives of African American women in the North during the early years of the Republic and the years leading to the Civil War. A Philadelphia native, she is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is the author most recently of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017), a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Never Caught: Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave

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