Two MU Political Science Professors Win Book Award at Missouri Conference on History
Brooks Blevins (left), History Professor at Missouri State University and President of the Steering Committee for the event; James W. Endersby, co-author of Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation; and Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri. The book won the 2017 Book Award at the Missouri Conference on History last week.
SPRINGFIELD, MO—Associate Professor James W. Endersby and Teaching Professor William T. Horner are the recipients of the Missouri Conference on History 2017 Book Award for their co-written book, Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation (University of Missouri Press, 2016). Endersby accepted the award on March 24 at the awards luncheon held at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.
The conference presents the book award annually to the best volume on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident and published in the previous year. Endersby and Horner received a cash prize and plaque for the award.
Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation revisits the history of Lloyd Gaines’s application to the University of Missouri law school and the following legal battle, resulting in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada (1938). Gaines applied to MU in 1935 and was denied acceptance in 1936 based on his race. Before Gaines could attend law school, he vanished.
Both authors are professors of political science at the University of Missouri.