In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages. This episode features a conversation with Melton McLaurin about the 30th anniversary of his book, Celia, A Slave.
Melton McLaurin holds a PhD in history from the University of South Carolina. Presently, he is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He is the author of several books, including Celia, A Slave, Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South, and The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines.