Past Elsa Goveia Award Recipients

The Elsa Goveia Prize, previously awarded every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historianas, has been awarded every two years since 1995. It recognizes excellence in the field of Caribbean history, and the following books have received this distinction:

Adriana Chira, Patchwork Freedoms: Law, Slavery, and Race beyond Cuba’s Plantations (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Tessa Murphy, The Creole Archipelago: Race and Borders in the Colonial Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

Vincent Brown, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (Harvard University Press, 2020)

Randy Browne, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Diana Paton, The Cultural Politics of Obeah: Religion, Colonialism and Modernity in the Caribbean World(Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015)

Gregory O’Malley. Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2014).

Kate Ramsey, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Frank Guridy, Forging Diaspora: Afro Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Anne Macpherson, Women Activists and the Gendering of Politics in Belize, 1912-1982 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007).

Louis A. Perez, Jr., To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).

Clem Seecheran, Sweetening ‘Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell, the Booker Reformer in British Guiana 1934-1966 (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2004).

Nigel O. Bolland, The Politics of Labour in the British Caribbean: The Social Origins of Authoritarianism and Democracy in the Labour Movement (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2001).

Anne Perotin, Dumon, La ville aux Iles, la ville dans l’île: Basse-Terre et Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe, 1650-1820 (Paris: Karthala, 2000).

Michael Craton and Gail Saunders, Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999).

B.W. Higman, Montpelier, Jamaica: A Plantation Community in Slavery and Freedom, 1739-1912 (Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 1998).

Aline Helg, Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

Thomas Holt, The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).

Robert Paquette, Sugar is Made with Blood: The Conspiracy of La Escalera and the Conflict between Empires over Slavery in Cuba (Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1990).

Oscar Zanetti and Alejandro García, Caminos para el azúcar (Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Socialies, 1987; republished in English by Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

Guillermo Baralt, La Buena Vista: Estancia de frutos menores, fabrica de harinas y hacienda cafetalera, 1833-1904 (San Juan: Fideicomiso de Conservacion de Puerto Rico, 1988; republished in English by Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988).

Fransisco Scarano, Sugar and Slavery in Puerto Rico: The Plantation Economy of Ponce, 1800-1850 (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1984).

B.W. Higman, Slave Populations of the British Caribbean: 1807-1834 (Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 1984; republished 1995 and 2002).