Melvin Patrick Ely (the family name rhymes with really) writes and teaches about the history of African Americans and of the South. In his books and other writings, he chronicles the lives that black Americans built for themselves as well as the ways black and white folk have interacted and thought about one another.
Lawrence W. Levine praised Ely for writing
Ely, whose family come from Virginia and Tennessee, was born and grew up in Richmond. He has taught at Yale--where he won prizes both for Teaching Excellence and for Outstanding Research and Publication--and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is currently the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; he received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006.
For a somewhat fuller biography, click here.
For some of Ely's thoughts on the connections between personal experience and historical interpretation, click here.
Ely's literary agent is Richard Balkin.
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