Melvin Patrick Ely
He grew up in Richmond. He graduated from Princeton University, and from the University of Texas at Austin with a master's degree in linguistics, and from Princeton University with a master’s degree in history in 1982 and with a doctoral degree in 1985. He taught at Yale University, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary.
- 2005 Bancroft Prize
- 1998-1999 Fulbright Professor of American Studies
- Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War. Random House, Inc. 2005. ISBN 978-0-679-76872-2.
- The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon. Free Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-02-909503-4.
- Amotz Zahavi, Avishag Zahavi, Melvin Patrick Ely (1999). The Handicap Principle: a missing piece of Darwin's puzzle. Illustrator Amir Balaban. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-512914-4.
- Amos 'n' Andy: lineage, life, and legacy, Princeton University, 1985
- "Interview with Bancroft Winner Melvin Patrick Ely", History News Network, 5-23-05
- "Melvin Patrick Ely, 'Israel on the Appomattox'", Tavis Smiley Show, November 24, 2004