The 13 essays of this collection, introduced by Brian L. Moore, were delivered under the auspices of the Elsa Goveia Memorial Lectures at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, between 1987 and 1998. Previously published separately, they sample several topics that have concerned Caribbean historians, including the influence of the scholar in whose honor the lecture series was established. Professor Goveia was born in Guyana in 1925 and educated at the University of London. Appointed to what was then the University College of the West Indies in 1950, she was the first woman to become a professor there when she was offered a chair in West Indian history in 1961. Her pioneering publications include Slave Society in the British Leeward Islands at the End of the Eighteenth Century (New Haven, 1965), and she influenced an entire generation of outstanding students before her...

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