He served from until his death in He was also a noted Caribbean historian. An enthusiastic advocate of West Indian unity, Dr.
Williams was born on September 25, and died one March 29, He is best known as the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He career in politics began in He remained in office until his death in Aside from being a politician he was also a noted Caribbean historian.
It was not noted if he has any siblings. Nonetheless much emphasis has been placed on his academic and political life.
In addition much has been said about his work towards society. According to Wikipedia, Dr. He the recipient of scholarship in which helped fund his time at Oxford University. This is where he received his doctorate in Williams accepted a position at Howard University, becoming a full professor by Initially, he became an assistant professor of social and political sciences and organized several courses; especially a humanities course for which he developed a three-volume work called Documents Illustrating the Development of Civilization Raceand History, Online.
While at Howard, inWilliams began to work as a consultant to the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission, a body set up after the war to study the future of the region Race and History, Online.
In the midst of all that, inDr. In Trinidad Williams delivered a series of educational lectures for which he became famous Wikipedia, Online.
In after disagreements between Williams and the Commission, he resigned from the Commission in protest against its crypto-colonialist policies Race and History, Online Continuing with Dr.
Williams many deeds and accomplishments, it was stated that on January 15, Williams introduced his own political party, which was know as the People's National Movement. Until this time his campaign of lectures had been carried out under the auspices of the Political Education Movement PEM a branch of the Teachers Education and Cultural Association, a group which had been founded in the s as an alternative to the official teachers' union Wikipedia, Online.
The PNM's first document was its constitution. Unlike the other political parties of the time, the PNM was a highly organized, hierarchical body Wikipedia, Online. Its second document was The People's Charter' in which the party strove to separate itself from the transitory political assemblages which had thus far been the norm in Trinidadian politics Wikipedia, Online.
In elections held eight months later, on September 24, the PNM won 13 of the 24 elected seats in the Legislative Council, defeating 6 of the 16 incumbents running for re-election. Although the PNM did not secure a majority in the member Legislative Council,Williams was able to convince the Secretary of State for the Colonies to allow him to name the five appointed members of the council despite the opposition of the Governor Sir Edward Betham Beetham Wikipedia, Online.
This gave him a clear majority in the Legislative Council. Williams was thus elected Chief Minister and was also able to get all seven of his ministers elected. In the post-war mood of decolonization, the decision was made to create an independent West Indies Federation out of the British West Indies.
Most political parties in the various territories aligned themselves into one of two Federal political parties, which was either the West Indies Federal Labour Party led by Norman Manley and the Democratic Labour Party led by his cousin, Sir Alexander Bustamante.Written in as Eric Williams doctoral thesis this book is as important as The Wealth of Nations in understanding the rise of modern capitalism.
Eric Williams later went on to become the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago/5(45). For more information on Dr.
Eric Williams, contact the Eric Williams Memorial Collection and Museum at The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Director’s Bio. Eric Williams Amongst the various historical figures in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, one man that greatly stands out from the rest is Dr.
Eric Eustace Williams. Dr. Dr. Williams was born on September 25, and died one March 29, Williams, Eric – BIBLIOGRAPHY  Eric Eustace Williams was chief minister, premier, and prime minister  respectively of Trinidad and Tobago  from to He was also one of the Anglophone Caribbean’s first professionally trained historians.
His doctoral thesis was titled The Economic Aspect of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery (Wikipedia, Online). By Dr. Williams accepted a position at Howard University, becoming a full professor by But in the bibliography to his doctoral dissertation Williams describes a German study by Franz Hochstetter as advancing much the same argument about abolition.
A Caribbean visit—including trips to Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, “The Williams Abolition Thesis Before Eric Williams,” Slavery and Abolition