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The Cox Book Prize has been awarded every third year since 1989 to the author of a distinguished work of American history in the era of the American Revolution published during the previous three years. The prize is awarded by a committee consisting of members of the Society and distinguished academics in the field of early American history and is made possible by an endowment gift from the family of Dr. H. Bartholomew Cox. For further information about the Cox Book Prize, contact .

Current Recipient

Benjamin L. Carp is the most recent recipient of the Cox Book Prize in recognition of his book Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). The most important interpretation of the Boston Tea Party published in more than forty years, Defiance of the Patriots sets this audacious prelude to the American Revolution in a global context while exploring the unique city life of eighteenth-century Boston and considering the Tea Party's uncertain legacy. Benjamin L. Carp is associate professor of history at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Cox Book Prize

Past Recipients

  • 2010

    Matthew H. Spring
    With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783
    Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008
  • 2007

    Alan Taylor
    The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
  • 2004

    Elizabeth Fenn
    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-1782
    New York: Hill and Wang, 2001
  • 2001

    Saul Cornell
    The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America
    Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999
  • 1998

    Jack N. Rakove
    Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
    New York: Knopf, 1996
  • 1995

    Stanley M. Elkins and Eric L. McKitrick
    The Age of Federalism
    New York: Oxford University Press, 1993
  • 1992

    Peter D.G. Thomas
    Tea Party to Independence: The Third Phase of the American Revolution
    New York: Oxford University Press, 1991
  • 1989

    Bernard Bailyn
    Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
    New York: Knopf, 1986