Nebraska Authors

Charles Wesley Melick

AKA: Published under Charles W. Melick

Born 1877-05-20 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1960-04-16
Pontiac, MI (USA)

Melick studied dairy husbandry at Nebraska and at Kansas State University. He is remembered as Kansas State's first basketball coach, serving for one season only in 1905-1906. In 1906 he moved to Maryland where he eventually became professor of dairy husbandry at the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. He was appointed head football coach at Maryland in 1907. Arriving in Maryland from the Midwest, Melick was startled by the racial composition of the local population--about a quarter of Maryland's population was African-American--and by the character of race relations. He wrote his book Some Phases of the Negro Question (1908) to express his dismay, and it now reads as a disturbing catalogue of the racial prejudices common at the time.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Agriculture; Dairy Management; Sports; Football; Basketball; Race Relations


BS, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
MS, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


Dairy Laboratory Guide. 1907.
Some Phases of the Negro Question. 1908.

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