Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book News: Great Historian, John Hope Franklin Dies

Pioneer Black Historian Gave Meaning to Past
John Hope Franklin refused to yield to bias of his time
Chicago Sun Times
The "Africana" -- an encyclopedia of African and African-American culture -- credits John Hope Franklin with establishing African-American history as a "respected academic discipline."While others were marching and protesting, Franklin was involved in a different kind of agitation. He was compiling the scholarship needed to tell the African-American story.The renowned historian died Wednesday at the age 94.
Of his many books, it is From Slavery to Freedom: A History of American Negroes that I have returned to most often during my career. More