Tributes to John Hope Franklin

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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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"Tributes to John Hope Franklin is a vivid, erudite, charming, and vital body of historical analysis, not unlike the man himself. Colleagues and students, coauthors and admirers offer sketches of this towering and influential figure who shaped twentieth century American history with his integrated visions of scholarship and activism, passion and prudence, talent and timeliness. The bibliography alone makes this volume indispensable to anyone interested in the course of modern American history, and the role of John Hope Franklin in continuing to shape generations of historians--past, present, and future."—Catherine Clinton
Library Journal
Eleven admirers (including Mary Frances Berry, Darlene Clark Hine, and son John W. Franklin) pay homage to historian and educator Franklin, the intellectual father of black studies and author of the renowned From Slavery to Freedom. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215048
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor
Beverly Jarrett is Director and Editor-in-Chief of the University of Missouri Press. She has known John Hope Franklin for nearly thirty of her forty years in the publishing business and has been privileged to work with him on a number of his books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introductory Remarks 1
Race, History, and John Hope Franklin 3
The Scholarship of John Hope Franklin 19
The Scholar as Activist 26
American Scholar and Public Intellectual 34
Following in the Footsteps of John Hope Franklin 39
The Professor as Mentor 45
A Perspective from within the Family: How My Father Created the Context for My Understanding of the African Diaspora 53
The Black Collectivity and the Culture of Struggle 57
Continuing Mentor 64
From Slavery to Freedom: A Work Always in Progress 67
A Collage of Tributes 77
Bibliography of the Published Works of John Hope Franklin 85
About the Contributors 96
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