Henrietta Wood was a free black woman who won her freedom in 1848, only to be re-enslaved five years later. Rice University historian W. Caleb McDaniel joins host Krys Boyd to tell the story of how Wood ultimately sued and won the largest amount given in restitution for slavery. His book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America” was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in history.
W. Caleb McDaniel is a Rice University professor and the incoming chair of the Department of History, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for History for Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America. The book recounts the previously little-known story of Henrietta Wood, who survived enslavement twice and, 30 years after she was first free, won the largest known financial settlement awarded by a U.S. court in restitution for slavery.Connections: Humanizing the Humanities is a podcast produced by the Rice University School of Humanities and hosted by Jeffrey J. Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Associate Dean of Faculty and Graduate Studies, and author of The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge.
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