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  • Sweet Taste of Liberty

  • A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
  • By: W. Caleb McDaniel
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman's fight for justice - and reparations

Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deputy sheriff named Zebulon Ward colluded with Wood's employer, abducted her, and sold her back into bondage. She remained enslaved throughout the Civil War, giving birth to a son in Mississippi and never forgetting who had put her in this position.

By 1869, Wood had obtained her freedom for a second time and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for damages in 1870. Astonishingly, after eight years of litigation, Wood won her case: In 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500. More important than the amount, though the largest ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery, was the fact that any money was awarded at all.

McDaniel's audiobook is an epic tale of a Black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors. Above all, Sweet Taste of Liberty is a portrait of an extraordinary individual as well as a searing reminder of the lessons of her story, which establish beyond question the connections between slavery and the prison system that rose in its place.

©2019 W. Caleb McDaniel (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Mary mw
  • 01-07-2020

Just distasteful I started listening to this book

Start listening to this book and then it was interrupted with black lives matter propaganda. I was no longer interested in this black woman story. As a with sick of hearing about it to be honest. Black lives movement brought a big divide between white and black more than any other movement and I'm middle agedl .
I never seen black or any race Different from my own which is Caucasian. However the looting and routing. the horrible liberal press it's just had a badd taste in my mouth and I think there is a bigger divide between white and black than ever in this country .
It highlighted race relations and took everybody back to 1960s civil rights looking at the other color cross eyed. No one trusts the other color anymore.

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  • Mark W.
  • 29-06-2020

insightful and educational

as a white male I am appalled by the man's inhumanity to man. I can't fathom what goes through a man's head as he is whipping the shit out of another human being. I'm sorry.

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  • Jessica S
  • 12-11-2020

Great book, not the narrator for me

This is an incredibly interesting book. But, I almost stopped listening. The cadence of the narrator's voice was really difficult for me. It sounds very robotic. I found it distracting. The writing is great and I was glad that I stuck with it.

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  • Emily A Arent
  • 29-03-2021

fascinating! wonderfully told journey of her life

Henriettas story is fascinating and the book was incredibly thorough, painting a deep and clear image of her journey. I'm sure it was not easy finding all the information and surely there is so much we do not know of her life, but the book was incredible.

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  • BlackRambo
  • 22-12-2020

Great history lesson

This book is a must read. I’m not much of a reader but I love a good informative audiobook with a lot of story & history. Please check out this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-2020

Incredible

Amazing archival research which was necessary in writing such a magnificent story. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Rebecca Lindroos
  • 22-10-2020

Brilliant -

The true story of a slave woman who was freed and then snatched and enslaved again only to be released with the eventual ending of the Civil War is a good one in itself, but McDaniel, the author, adds so much US history that it's a marvel. It won the Pulitzer in history for a reason.

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