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Enslaved Woman Sued for Restitution, and Won

Constant Wonder
  • Mar 17, 2021 7:00 pm
  • 8:28

Henrietta Wood was the recipient of the largest known sum ever granted by a U.S. court in restitution for slavery, successfully suing Zebulon Ward, the man who had enslaved her, for $2,500. Her story was lost in history until a historian uncovered two interviews with Henrietta herself. Guest: W. Caleb McDaniel, Associate Professor of History at Rice University and author of “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize