Thursday, March 26, 2009

Historian John Hope Franklin Dies

John Hope Franklin photo courtesy Duke University
Dr. John Hope Franklin
1915-2009


Historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, pioneer of African-American studies, author of the seminal work on the black experience in the U.S., and civil rights activist who worked on the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education outlawing public school segregation, died yesterday.

Professor Franklin's landmark book From Slavery to Freedom integrated black history into American history and is still in print 60 years later and is in its 7th edition. His numerous other publications include The Emancipation Proclamation, The Militant South, The Free Negro in North Carolina, Reconstruction After the Civil War, A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Ante-bellum North, Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988, The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-first Century, and his latest book My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin.

Dr. Franklin was also a part of the team of scholars who assisted Thurgood Marshall to win Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 case that outlawed the "separate but equal" doctrine in the nation's public schools.

To read more about the life and work of this great American see the links below.

Bibliography (in chronological order)

The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans
The Militant South, 1800-1860
Reconstruction After the Civil War
The Emancipation Proclamation
Land of the Free
A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North
Racial Equality in America
George Washington Williams: A Biography
Race and History: Selected Essays 1938-1988
The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-first Century
African Americans and the Living Constitution
The Diary of James T. Ayers: Civil War Recruiter
My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin
Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation
In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South
Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

Links:

Duke's John Hope Franklin Web Site
Book TV Interview with John Hope Franklin
Oral History Interview with John Hope Franklin, July 27, 1990
New York Times John Hope Franklin Obituary

Databases:

John Hope Franklin (searches subscription databases)

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