Books by Melvin Patrick Ely

Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"A well-written, noteworthy contribution to African-American history."
An illuminating account of the free "Afro-Virginians" who lived and worked in a society and economy dominated by slavery. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 1991

"An earnest and thoughtful contribution to the growing literature documenting the development of black consciousness in American society."
To Ely (African-American Studies & Southern History/Yale), Amos 'n' Andy, the first radio comedy series to portray an all- black world, provides a ``small but clear window which, like all windows, reveals more and more as one draws closer to it.'' Here, Ely looks closely at the changing responses of both blacks and whites to Amos 'n' Andy and examines what they reveal about the evolution of racial attitudes during the decades from the 1920's, when the series first aired, to the 50's, when it was transplanted to network TV. Read full book review >