Eric E. Williams

Eric E. Williams
Eric E. Williams

Dr. Eric Eustace Williams (Sept. 25, 1911 – March 29 1981) served as the first Prime Minister of the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Renowned as the “Father of the Nation,” Dr. Williams served as prime minister from 1962 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted Caribbean historian.”

“In a famous speech at Woodford Square in Port of Spain, the Trinidad and Tobago capital, he declared that he had decided to ‘put down his bucket’ in the land of his birth.

He rechristened that enclosed park, which stood in front of the Trinidad courts and legislature, “The University of Woodford Square”, and proceeded to give a series of public lectures on world history, Greek democracy and philosophy, the history of slavery, and the history of the Caribbean to large audiences drawn from every social class”.

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  • The Negro in the Caribbean” (1942)

    Citation: Williams, Eric. The Negro in the Caribbean. A & B Books, 1994.
    Info: Williams referred to this text as “an out-and-out attack on colonialism.”

  • Capitalism and Slavery” (1944)

    Citation: Williams, Eric Eustace, and Denis William Brogan. Capitalism and Slavery. A. Deutsch, 1964.
    Info: “Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide. Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944. Years ahead of its time, his profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development”.

  • An Adress

    Citation: Williams, Eric E. “An Adress”. UF Latin American Collections. “Delivered by Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and political leader of the PNM to the ninth annual convention on Friday September 24, 1965″

  • Eric Williams’ East Indian Pursuits” by Brinsley Samaroo (2017)

    Citation: Samaroo, Brinsley.  2017.  “Eric Williams’ East Indian Pursuits.” The Caribbean Review.  August 4.

  • Resisting the Inner Plantation: Decolonisation and the Practice of Education in the Work of Eric Williams” by Jennifer Latvia (2012)

    Citation: Lavia, Jennifer.  2012.  “Resisting the Inner Plantation: Decolonisation and the Practice of Education in the Work of Eric Williams.” Postcolonial Directions in Education, 1(1): p-30.
    Info: “The central concern in this article is to explore the possibilities and challenges of understanding education as a practicein light of a postcolonial experience, particularly through Eric Williams’ book Education in the British West Indies (1946).”