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Oxford University Press book wins Pulitzer Prize for second year in a row

Released on May 11, 2020

Oxford University Press book wins Pulitzer Prize for second year in a row

Oxford University Press is proud to announce that Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel is the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History. This is the second consecutive year that an OUP book has won this prestigious award.

Sweet Taste of Liberty tells the epic and haunting story of an enslaved woman, Henrietta Wood, and her quest for justice. As the Pulitzer committee writes in their citation, this is “a masterfully researched meditation on reparations based on the remarkable story of a 19th century woman who survived kidnapping and re-enslavement to sue her captor.” Henrietta Wood’s incredible saga, told in W. Caleb McDaniel’s skillful prose, illuminates today’s debates over reparations and offers a searing reminder that the American public has still not come to terms with the consequences of slavery.

The book published in September 2019 to exceptional critical reception and went on to win the 2020 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians and be named a finalist for the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Please join us in congratulating W. Caleb McDaniel on this amazing honor.

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