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Edward L. Cox
Associate Professor Emeritus
Associate Professor Emeritus of History
 
e-mail:ecox@rice.edu
 
  • B.A.(1970) University of the West Indies
  • M.A.(1973) The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D.(1977) The Johns Hopkins University
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of History
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    Research Areas
     Caribbean history, Comparative American Colonization, Comparative American Slavery, African American history
     
    Society and Economy in Grenada and St. Vincent, 1833 to 1935
     Comparative in scope, this study seeks to determine why and how the promises of emancipation remained unfulfilled throughoit the nineteenth century. Accordingly, it explores the changing notions of freedom that planters and British policymakers entertained throughout the period and the difficulties ex-slaves and their descendents faced during this important period. Finally, it evaluates the internal and external forces that led to labor unrest on St. Vincent in the 1930s while Grenada remained virtually untouched by these events. Ultimately, it seeks to locate developments on both islands within the larger framework of economic, social, and political stagnation and eventual change in the Greater Caribbean.
     
    Nineteenth Century Grenadian and St. Vincent History
     I am currently involved in three separate but interrelated writing projects: (1)A Modern History of Grenada and St. Vincent that is almost complete, (2) a History of the Grenada Boys' Secondary School and (3) a first biography of newspaper editor and publicist William Galwey Donovan.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Caribbean History, African American History
     
    Selected Publications
     Abstracts
     

    Edward L. Cox "The British Caribbean in the Age of Revolution." Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World (2005) : 275-294.

     
     Refereed articles
     

     "A West Indian Lobbyist in England: The Campaign of Dr. Hyacinth B. Morgan on Behalf of the British West Indies, 1919-55," The Journal of Caribbean History 47, 1 (2013): 49-72

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Ralph Brush Cleghorn of St. Kitts, (1804-1842)." Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slavery and Post-Slave Studies, 28 (2007/April) : 41-60.

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "William Galwey Donovan and the Struggle for Political Change in Grenada, 1883-1920." Small Axe, 22 (2007) : 17-38.

     
     

    Cox, E. "Race Men: The Pan-African Struggles of William Galwey Donovan and Theophilus Albert Marryshow for Political Change on Grenada, 1884-1925."." Journal of Caribbean History, 36:1 (2002) : 69-99.

     
     Articles
     

    "The British Caribbean," in Katherine D. McCann (ed.), Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol. 66, (University of Texas Press, 2011).

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "The British Caribbean." Handbook of Latin American Studies, vol. 66, 66 (2011) In Press

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Ralph B. Cleghorn of St. Kitts." Slavery and Abolition (2007) In Press

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "The British Caribbean." Handbook of Latin American Studies, 60 (2005)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "The Grenada Revolution." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2007) : 13.Submitted

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Slave Emancipation Celebrations in Grenada, 1888-1938, Part I." Everybody's Magazine, 29: 5 (Sept 2005) : 32-44.

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Slave Emancipation Celebrations in Grenada, 1888-1938, Part II." Everybody's Magazine, 29:6 (October 2005) : 22-28.

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "A History of the Grenada Boys' Secondary School: The Grammar School Years, 1885-1911."  (2003) : 1-21.

     
     

    Cox, E. ""The British Caribbean."." Handbook of Latin American Studies, 58 (2002)

     
     

    Cox, E. "The Debate Over Secondary Education in Grenada and the Development of the Grenada Boys' Secondary School"." 2002.http.www.uwichill.edu.bb/bnccde/grenada/conference/paperdex.html (2002)

     
     Books
     

    Edward L. Cox "Rekindling the Ancestral Memory: King Ja Ja of Opobo in St. Vincent and Barbados,1888-1891." : 42.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Cox, E. ""The Eruption of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent, May 7, 1902."." Submitted

     
     Book reviews
     

    David Scott "Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, memory, Justice." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XLV (Winter, 2015) : 451-452.

     
     

    Pedro L. V. Welch "Review of Slave Society in the City: Bridgetown, Barbados, 1680-1834.." Slavery and AbolitionSubmitted

     
     

    Vincent K. Hubbard "Review of A History of St. Kitts: The Sweet Trade." New West India GuideSubmitted

     
     

    Edited by Rebecca J. Scott, Thomas C. Holt, Frederick Cooper, and Aims McGuinness "Review of Societies after Slavery: A Select Annotated Bibliography of Printed Sources on Cuba, Brazil, British Colonial Africa, South Africa, and the British West Indies." Journal of Southern History, 69, No. 4 (Nov., 2003) : 1008.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Cox, E. ""Indentured African Laborers to Grenada and St. Vincent, 1836-1863"." Regards sur l'histoire de la Caraibe, Des Guyanes aux Grandes Antilles (2001) : 421-36.

     
     Conference papers
     

    Leo Ursulet "Eruption du volcan de la Soufriere a Saint Vincent,le 7 mai 1902." Saint-Pierre: Myths et realites du la cite creole disparue (2004) : 21.

     
     Other
     

    Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez and Charles Reagan Wilson "Review of The South and the Caribbean: Essays and Commentaries." Journal of Southern History, 69, No. 1 (2003) : 138-140.

     
     

    "Foreword for Paul Scoon's Survival for service: My Experiences as Governor General of Grenada."  (2003) : ix-xii.

     
     

    Edwrad L. Cox "The Pan-African Dimension of William Galwey Donovan and T. Albert Marryshow's Struggle for Political Change in Grenada." Journal of Caribbean History (Pending)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Indian Migration to Grenada and St. Vincent, 1857-83." Asian Migration to the Americas (pending)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "British Caribbean." Handbook of Latin American Studies, 56 (1999) : 258-58, and 263-314, (passim)..

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "From Slavery to Freedom: Emancipation and Apprenticeship in Grenada and St. Kitts, 1834-1838.." Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora (1999) : 367-390.

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "Ralph B. Cleghorn of St. Kitts and Nevis." Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in the Caribbean. (pending)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "The British Caribbean.." Handbook of Latin American Studies, 58 (pending)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "William Galwey Donovan, T. Albert Marryshow, and the Struggle for Political Advancement in Grenada, 1883-1925.."  (pending)

     
     

    Edward L. Cox "William Galwey Donovan, T. Albert Marryshow, and the Struggle for political Afdvancement in Grenada, 1883-1925.." The Development of Caribbean Political Thought (pending)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    Presented paper and chaired panel.  "Challenges to Freedom of the Press in Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century Grenada." Caribbean Studies Association, Port of Spain, Trinidad. (May 29 to June 3, 2006)

     
     Conference Paper
     

    "Pan Africanism, Garveyism, and the Formation of the UNIA Branch in Grenada in 1938.." (May 25-30, 2015)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "William Galwey Donovan's Vision for Economic Change on Grenada in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries," Paper Presented at the XXXVIII Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Studies Association, St. George's, Grenada, June 3-7, 2013

     
     

    ""A West Indian Lobbyist in the House of Commons: The Campaign of Dr. Hyacinth B. Morgan on Behalf of the British West Indies."." (May 28-June 3, 2012)

     
     

    Author and Presenter; also chaired the panel..  ""Cholera Epidemics in the British Caribbean in the Mid-Nineteenth Century"." Caribbean Studies Association, Curacao. (May 29-June 2, 2011)

     
     

    author and presenter.  ""Mid 19th Century African Migration to Grenada and the Rekindling of African Memory to about 1900."." Islands in Between Conference, St. George's, Grenada. (November 3, 2011)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""Liberated" Africans in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1842-1862." Ministry of Education and Culture, Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (October 11, 2007)

     
     

    Presenter.  "British West Indian Missionaries in Africa in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries." Caribbean Studies Association, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. (May 28-June 1, 2007)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Slave Emancipation Celebrations in Grenada, 1888-1934." Caribbean Studies Association, Santo Domingo, DR. (May 30-June 4, 2005)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""Eric Williams, the Free Coloreds, and Abolition: A reassessment."." Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY. (Feb 15-16, 2002)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""The Eruption of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent, May 7, 1902."." University of Guyane and the Antilles, Martinique, Scholcher, Martinique. (March 20-23, 2002)

     
     

    Presenter.  ""The Grenada Boys' Secondary School and the Debate Over Secondary Education on Grenada, 1885-1930."." UWI School of Continuing Studies, Grenada. (January 7-9, 2002)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Grenada Newspaper Editors and their Vision for Economic and Social Change on the Island at the end of the Nineteenth Century.." Association of Caribbean Historians, Nassau, Bahamas. (April 7-10, 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Presenter.  "Donovan, The Newspaper Man: Relevance for Grenada of Today." Grenada National College, St. George's, Grenada. (Oct. 23, 2003)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Grenada Newspaper Editors and Their Vision for Social and Economic Change in the late 19th and Early 20th centuries." University of the West Indies, Grenada Centre, St. George's, Grenada. (October 14, 2003)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Presenter.  "British Slave Trade Abolition in Historical Perspective." 200 Years Hence, 1807-2007: Abolition ad Survival in the Atlantic World/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. (March 28, 2007)

     
     Other
     

    "Comments on Papers delivered at "Reappraising Revolution: France and Haiti Conference" held at Rice University.." (20 April 2012)

     
     

    "Activists for Political Change in Grenada: Donovan and Marryshow." University of the West Indies Public education Lecture Series, Grenada. (September 21, 2001)

     
     

    "Pan-Africanism and Political Change in Grenada in the Early 20th Century." Brooklyn College Speakers' Series, New York. (March 5, 2001)

     
     

    "The Human Dimension in Cuba's Recent History." Rice University Department of Geology Seminar Series, Rice University, Houston. (October 30, 2001)

     
     

    "William Galwey Donovan, T. Albert Marryshow, and the Struggle for Political Advancement in Grenada, 1883-1925." Henry Sylvestre -Williams and the Centenary of the London Pan-African Congress, 1900., University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. (January 4-13, 2001)

     
     

    "African Migration to Grenada and St. Vincent, 1835-61." Association of Caribbean Historians, Cayenne, French Guiana. (April 17-21, 2000)

     
     

    "Indian Migration to Grenada and St. Vincent, 1857-1883." Conference on Asian Migration to the Americas, University of the West Indies, Trinidad. (August 12-17, 2000)

     
     

    "Manumission in the Caribbean." From Slavery to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. (October 4-7, 2000)

     
     

    "The British Caribbean in the Age of Revolution." Jack P. Greene Conference, The Johns Hopkins University. (October 19-21, 2000)

     
     

    "Black Labor on the White Canal: Caribbean laborers and the Construction of the Panama Canal." Rice University Continuing Studies Series, (October 26, 1999)

     
     

    "Challenges to Democracy in the Caribbean." Rice Alumni College, (April 17, 1999)

     
     

    "Panama Migration and Development on Grenada and St. Vincent, 1906-1925." Caribbean Studies association, Panama City, Panama. (May 24-29, 1999)

     
     

    "Peter W. Wood's Black Majority: A Twenty-five Year Retrospective." Institute for Southern Studies Conference on Slave Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia. (Feb. 11-13, 1999)

     
     

    "Comments on "The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on Caribbean Slave Societies."." The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on the Atlantic World, Charleston, SC. (October 16-18, 1998)

     
     

    "Slave and Free Women of Color in Grenada and St. Kitts, 1763-1833." Caribbean Studies Association, Antigua. (May 26-30, 1998)

     
     

    "William Galwey Donovan, T. Albert Marryshow, and the Development of Political Thought in Grenada, 1888-1925." Conference on Caribbean Intellectual Traditions, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. (October 30-November 1, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    ""The Emancipation Proclamation: A Panel Discussion."." (28 Feb, 2012)

     
     Session Chair
     

    "The Black Atlantic: Diplomats and Rulers." (April 3-6, 2014)

     
     

    "Trans-Insular Identities, Self-Consciousness, and Afro-Mulatto Identities." Caribbean Studies Association, Santo Domingo, DR. (May 30-June 4, 2005)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Dictionary of Afro Caribbean and Latin American Biography. Oxford University Press. (2014 - 2014)

     Editor, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography. Oxford University Press. (2015 - 2015)

     Other, Handbook of Latin American Studies. (2011 - 2011)

     Other, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Oxford University Press. (2012 - 2013)

     Other, Handbook of Latin American Studies. University of Texas Press. (2010 - 2010)

     Book Review Editor, Contours. Indiana University Press. (2000 - 2000)

     Book Review Editor, Contours: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Indiana University Press. (1999 - 1999)

     Contributing Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies. (2000 - 2000)

     Contributing Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies. University of Texas Press. (1999 - 1999)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Ron Sookeran, Ph. D. A History of East Indians in Grenada, 1841 to the present. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Cleve Scott, Ph. D Political Change on St. Vincent, 1865 to 1945. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Osack Olumwullah, Ph. D. The development of Higher Education in East Africa. (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Grace Hu, B.A. The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906: Black & White Reaction. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Bhekithemba Richard Mngomezulu, Ph. D. A Political History of Higher Education in East Africa: The Rise and Fall of the University of East Africa, 1937-1970. (2004) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Mickie Hudson Koster, Ph. D. Making of the Mau Mau: The Meaning of the Oath. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Israel W. Ahimbisibwe, Ph. D. Christian Background on the Desire for Revenge among the Hutu and Tutsu following the 1994 Rwandan Massacre.. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Shani Roper, Ph. D. Our Hearts Salute Jamaica: An Evaluation of Social Welfare Policy and Citizenship in Jamaica, 1920-1950. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Nicole Payne Carelock, Ph. D. A Leaky House: Haiti in the Religious Aftershock of the 2010 Earthquake. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Catherine Sophia Haase, BA The 1968 Riots and Occupation in Wilmington, Delaware. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Alissa Hart, B. A. Civil Rights Cold Cases and their Reopening in the US South. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Louise Bentsen, BA Nationalism and Political Change in St. Vincent Following the 1935 Labor Disturbances. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Shani Georgette Roper, Ph. D. 'A Almshouse Ting Dat:' Development in Poor Relief and Child Welfare in Jamaica During the Interwar Years. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Catherine Sophia Haase, B. A. The 1968 Riots and Occupation in Wilmington, Delaware. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Louise Bentsen, B. A. Nationalism and Political Change in St. Vincent Following the 1935 Labor Disturbances. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Alissa Hart, BA Civil Rights Cold cases and their Reopening inthe US South. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Christopher Davis, Ph. D. The Religious Community and Latinos in Alabama: Two Steps Forward. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Laura Renee Chandler, Ph. D. African American Women's International Activism, 1896-1930. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Outstanding Associate, Martel College (2015)

     George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (May, 2008)

     Distinguished Associate Award, Martel College (May, 2005)

     Rice-TMS Scholarship, Rice-TMS (Oct., 2003)

     Outstanding Faculty Associate, Martel College (May, 2003)

     Certificate of Recognition, GBSS NY Alumni Association (12/13/ 03)

     Member, Executive Committee, Association of Caribbean Historians (April 2000-April 2001)

     Member, Selection and Program Committee, University of Houston Black History Workshop (February 2001-March 2001)

     Member of Executive Committee, Association of Caribbean Historians (April 2000-April 2001.)

     Member, Selection and Program Committees, Annual Black History Workshop, University of Houston (March 23-25, 2000)

     Chaired Panel entitled Revolution and Independence in Modern Latin America and the Caribbean., Southern Historical Association (November 3-6, 1999)

     Served as member of Program Committee of, and commented on papers., University of Houston Black History Workshop (March, 1999)

     Commented on papers and chaired panel entitled "The Making of Creole Identities in the Greater Caribbean.", Omohundro Conference on Early American History (June 10-13, 1999)