2017 B.L.C. Wailes Award - Robert S. McElvaine
Robert S. McElvaine accepts the B.L.C. Wailes Award for national distinction in the field of history. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters at Millsaps College in Jackson, where he has taught since 1973. McElvaine is the author of ten books, including Down and Out in the Great Depression, a New York Times bestseller, and Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes, and the Course of History, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. McElvaine has also written Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an exhaustive take on the life of the thirty-second president of the United States, and Mario Cuomo: A Biography. McElvaine is a recipient of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and has twice won the Distinguished Professor Award at Millsaps College. The Wailes Award is named for B. L. C. Wailes, the founder and first president of the Mississippi Historical Society.