Tributes to John Hope Franklin

Tributes to John Hope Franklin

by Beverly Jarrett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826215041

ISBN-13: 9780826215048

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: University of Missouri

In 1947 John Hope Franklin, then a professor of history at North Carolina College for Negroes, wrote From Slavery to Freedom. Now in its eighth edition, that book, which redefined our understanding of American history, remains the preeminent record of the African American experience. With it and a dozen other books, Franklin has been established as the

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In 1947 John Hope Franklin, then a professor of history at North Carolina College for Negroes, wrote From Slavery to Freedom. Now in its eighth edition, that book, which redefined our understanding of American history, remains the preeminent record of the African American experience. With it and a dozen other books, Franklin has been established as the intellectual father of black studies.

Tributes to John Hope Franklin focuses on this esteemed scholar’s academic achievements, his humanitarian contributions, and his extraordinary legacy. This collection of comments by Franklin’s students, colleagues, family, and friends captures the man and his work for future generations. Tributes offered by Franklin’s admirers, Walter B. Hill Jr., David Levering Lewis, Alfred A. Moss Jr., Darlene Clark Hine, Loren Schweninger, Daryl Michael Scott, George M. Fredrickson, Mary Frances Berry, and many others, attest to Franklin’s commitment to his intellectual pursuits, to public service, and, most important, to his students.

Franklin’s dedication to mentoring those who sought his help, as well as providing for his family, is beyond compare. In one essay, John W. Franklin offers an inside view of growing up with John Hope and Aurelia Franklin, detailing the travels and associations that were a part of his experience as their son. Alfred Moss, coauthor of the last three editions of From Slavery to Freedom, shares special images of Franklin as mentor to a young Anglican priest.

Genna Rae McNeil shows us the quintessential teacher through the eyes of a passionate young scholar beginning her own voyage into the study of American history. George Fredrickson takes on the challenge of explaining the complexity of the work of this man who has been both a fervent proponent of racial equality and a practitioner of “detached, objective, dispassionate historical scholarship.”

Each of the pieces—by men and by women, by blacks and by whites, by several generations of participants in the twentieth century’s journey toward a better America—recalls for us what a vital role John Hope Franklin has played in that voyage. Tributes to John Hope Franklin is a joy to read and an incredible opportunity to celebrate a life and a body of historical work dedicated to achieving and sharing the wisdom that scholarly excellence provides.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826215048
Publisher:
University of Missouri
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introductory Remarks1
Race, History, and John Hope Franklin3
The Scholarship of John Hope Franklin19
The Scholar as Activist26
American Scholar and Public Intellectual34
Following in the Footsteps of John Hope Franklin39
The Professor as Mentor45
A Perspective from within the Family: How My Father Created the Context for My Understanding of the African Diaspora53
The Black Collectivity and the Culture of Struggle57
Continuing Mentor64
From Slavery to Freedom: A Work Always in Progress67
A Collage of Tributes77
Bibliography of the Published Works of John Hope Franklin85
About the Contributors96

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