By Denise Valenti
Tera Hunter, the Edwards Professor of American History and a professor of history and African American studies, received three prizes for her 2017 book, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century.
The Organization of American Historians awarded her the Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History, and the American Historical Association gave her two awards, the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize (for women’s history and/or feminist theory) and the Littleton-Griswold Prize (in U.S. law and society).
Hunter researched court records, legal documents and personal diaries to illustrate the constraints that slavery placed on intimate relationships. Her own great-great-grandparents, Ellen and Moses Hunter, were enslaved, freed and then married during Reconstruction.