History

Reading List

What do I do when I am not reading about tech topics and entrepreneurship? History and genealogy, two of my biggest loves. After taking most of last week off to attend DAR Continental Congress, I must share what has engrossed me the most lately. The book I’ve been reading is Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. It’s fascinating to see how much history of this one particular slave was preserved over the intervening years and it’s also interesting to see the other side of the Washington’s slave narrative. So often we hear how Washington freed some of his slaves at his death, but rarely do we see the full picture of what kind of a slave owner George Washington was.

The other item that has fully engrossed me this week is the Presidential Podcast from the Washington Post. This historical podcast has one episode per president and was released leading up to the 2016 election. It is so well done that I found myself looking forward to every moment that I could keep listening while I travelled. I’m excited that they will be coming out with a new podcast, called Constitutional, this summer.

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