Scott Ellsworth: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Scott Ellsworth

Historian, Journalist, and Author of The Secret Game

Scott Ellsworth is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Secret Game, the true story of the long buried, racial barrier busting college basketball game that took place—in secret—in North Carolina in 1944.

Trained as a historian, he received his Ph.D from Duke University in 1982, where he was a member of the Duke Oral History Program. The author of "Death in a Promised Land" (LSU Press), the first-ever comprehensive history of the horrific Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Dr. Ellsworth served, with Dr. John Hope Franklin, as the lead scholars for the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, and has been involved in the ongoing legal efforts to win compensation for riot survivors. Formerly a historian with the Smithsonian Institution, he has written about American history for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications, and has appeared on National Public Radio, the Today Show, PBS's The American Experience, the History Channel and in both film and broadcast documentaries. He and his wife, Betsy, and their twelve-year-old twin sons live in Ann Arbor, where he also teaches at the University of Michigan.

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