This webinar featured W. Caleb McDaniel, the chair of Rice University’s Department of History and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America.” Allen Matusow, the academic affairs director at the Baker Institute, moderated the discussion.
6:00 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 p.m. — Q&A
W. Caleb McDaniel, Ph.D., is the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities and current chair of the History Department at Rice University. He also serves as the co-chair for Rice’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Injustice. His latest book, "Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America," was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. It was supported by a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians. His first book, "The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery," won the Merle Curti prize from the Organization of American Historians and the James Broussard Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic. In addition to numerous academic articles about the history of slavery, antislavery and emancipation in the nineteenth century, he has written essays that have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and TIME. He recieved his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2006.
Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
Baker Institute Academic Affairs Director