Ona Judge was a born into slavery in 1774. Even though she had been enslaved by the most powerful man in the country, she somehow managed to escape when she was only 22 years old. And she stayed free. Her former enslaver pursued her doggedly until his death in 1799. His name was George Washington. Yeah, that George Washington.

Did you know that cash registers were popularized by a white supremacist—and not to count money, but as a means of employee surveillance? Did you know that U.S. gun laws, drug laws and even zoning laws were originally created for the sole purpose of harming Black and brown people?

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Samuel James 

This American Life contributor, Moth Mainstage storyteller, occasional Radio Hour host, contributing author and interviewer. Columnist for The Bollard, creator and host of the 99 Years podcast and old-time bluesman.