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 .
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.