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Franklin, John Hope 1915-2009

Works: 406 works in 1,331 publications in 6 languages and 56,989 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Autobiographies  Fiction  Case studies  Festschriften  Historical fiction  Academic theses  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Contributor, Narrator, Honoree, htt, Other, Publishing director, Speaker, win, Performer, 070
Classifications: E185, 973.0496073
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Most widely held works by John Hope Franklin
From slavery to freedom : a history of Negro Americans by John Hope Franklin( Book )

254 editions published between 1947 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 8,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work charts the journey of African Americans from their origins in the civilizations of Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, to their struggle for freedom in the West Indies, Latin America and the United States
Racial equality in America by John Hope Franklin( )

35 editions published between 1976 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the United States celebrates the bicentennial of its independence, the dream of racial equality in America remains unfulfilled. In this eloquent and forcefully argued book, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin gauges the persistent disparity between the goal of racial equality and the facts of discrimination. (Book jacket)
Runaway slaves : rebels on the plantation by John Hope Franklin( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 3,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, significant numbers of slaves did in fact frequently rebel against their masters and struggle to attain their freedom. By surveying a wealth of documents, such as planters' records, petitions to county courts and state legislatures, and local newspapers, this book shows how slaves resisted; when, where, and how they escaped; where they fled to; how long they remained in hiding; and how they survived away from the plantation. Of equal importance, it examines the reactions of the white slaveholding class, revealing how they marshaled considerable effort to prevent runaways, meted out severe punishments, and established patrols to hunt down escaped slaves." "Reflecting a lifetime of thought by our leading authority in African American history, this book provides the key to truly understanding the relationship between slaveholders and the runaways who challenged the system - illuminating as never before the true nature of the South's "most peculiar institution.""--Jacket
Reconstruction: after the Civil War by John Hope Franklin( Book )

65 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chicago history of American civilization." Examines the reconstruction period and reduces the exaggerations of former views to a more credible picture
In search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old South by John Hope Franklin( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sally Thomas went from being a slave on a tobacco plantation, to a "virtually free" slave who ran her own business and purchased one of her sons out of bondage. This book offers a portrait of her extended family and of the life of slaves before the Civil War. Based on family letters as well as an autobiography by one of her sons, the detective work follows a singular group as they walk the boundary between slave and free, traveling across the country in search of a "promised land" where African Americans would be treated with respect. This small family experienced the full gamut of slavery, witnessing everything from the breakup of slave families, brutal punishment, and runaways, to miscegenation, insurrection panics, and slave patrols. They also illuminate the hidden lives of "virtually free" slaves, who maintained close relationships with whites, maneuvered within the system, and gained a large measure of autonomy.--From publisher description
The color line : legacy for the twenty-first century by John Hope Franklin( )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 2,686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The problem of the twentieth century will be the problem of the color line - the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men," wrote author and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903. As the twentieth century comes to a close, one of America's most distinguished historians takes an unflinching look at race relations in America today. Distilling more than two centuries of history, John Hope Franklin reflects on the most tragic and persistent social problem in our nation's history - the color line - as it becomes our legacy for the next century. The Color Line originated as three lectures delivered at the University of Missouri-Columbia in April 1992, just one day after the "not guilty" verdict was returned in the trial of Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King. The violence that shook Los Angeles and soon erupted in other cities across the country provided a dramatic backdrop for Franklin's message: the color line holds fast - in education, in housing, in health care, and in the legal system. Franklin illuminates some of the key episodes in our nation's history that have brought us to the present day. He traces America's forward and backward steps on the path toward racial equality, from the Carter administration's record number of appointments of African Americans to the bench to the Reagan administration's effort to continue support for educational institutions that persisted in racial discrimination and segregation. Examining the historical role of race in both the Republican and Democratic parties, Franklin argues that while opponents of affirmative action claim to promote a color-blind legal system, many have adopted race-encoded rhetoric to raise the specter of racial fear and hatred. Franklin also outlines the questionable civil rights record of Clarence Thomas, whose nomination and confirmation as Supreme Court justice provoked considerable controversy among civil rights leaders. The color line continues to flourish in the final decade of the twentieth century. "Perhaps the very first thing we need to do as a nation and as individual members of society," writes Franklin, "is to confront our past and see it for what it is." Only by facing the truth of our history can we hope to envision another kind of society for our future. Here John Hope Franklin brilliantly aids in that task as he shines the sharp light of history on the color line, our legacy for the twenty-first century
Race and history : selected essays 1938-1988 by John Hope Franklin( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and Portuguese and held by 2,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franklin's assessment of a widening socio-economic chasm between blacks and whites and his sweeping surveys of racism from the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond, are hard-hitting. In one essay he links blacks' civil rights struggles to the campaigns of Amerindians, Puerto Ricans and Mexican-Americans for full equality. There are sharp profiles of James Ayers, white Civil War recruiter of black soldiers, and of Mississippi freedman John Lynch, who became a Republican Congressman and paymaster of the U.S. Army. Franklin insists that historians can play an active role in shaping public policy. He writes movingly of his first encounter with racism at age 16, and its searing effects. ISBN 0-8071-1547-9: $29.95
The Emancipation proclamation by John Hope Franklin( Book )

37 editions published between 1963 and 1995 in English and Catalan and held by 2,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While many historians have dealt with the Emancipation Proclamation as a phase or an aspect of the Civil War, few have given more than scant attention to the evolution of the document in the mind of Lincoln, the circumstances and conditions that led to its writing, its impact on the course of the war, and its significance for later generations. Professor John Hope Franklin's answer to this need, first published in 1963, is available again for the first time in many years. Includes a new preface, photo essay, and a reproduction of the 1863 handwritten draft of the Emancipation Proclamation
Black leaders of the twentieth century( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 2,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical studies of fifteen twentieth-century black leaders
The militant South, 1800-1861 by John Hope Franklin( Book )

51 editions published between 1956 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "The Militant South, 1800-1861", John Hope Franklin identifies the factors and causes of the South's festering propensity for aggression that contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Franklin asserts that the South was dominated by militant white men who resorted to violence in the face of social, personal, or political conflict. Fueled by their defense of slavery and a persistent desire to keep the North out of their affairs, Southerners adopted a vicious bellicosity that intensified as war drew nearer. Drawing from Southern newspapers, government archives, memoirs, letters, and firsthand accounts, Franklin masterfully details the sources and consequences of antebellum aggression in the South. This classic volume is an enduring and impeccably researched contribution to Southern history
The free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860 by John Hope Franklin( )

25 editions published between 1941 and 2000 in English and held by 1,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Hope Franklin has devoted his professional life to the study of African Americans. Originally published in 1943 by UNC Press, The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860 was his first book on the subject. As Franklin shows, freed slaves in the antebellum South did not enjoy the full rights of citizenship. Even in North Carolina, reputedly more liberal than most southern states, discriminatory laws became so harsh that many voluntarily returned to slavery
Tributes to John Hope Franklin : scholar, mentor, father, friend by Beverly Jarrett( )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Publishers website
Reminiscences of an active life; the autobiography of John Roy Lynch by John Roy Lynch( )

8 editions published between 1970 and 2021 in English and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, John Roy Lynch (1847-1939) came to adulthood during the Reconstruction Era and lived a public-spirited life for over three decades. His political career began in 1869 with his appointment as justice of the peace. Within the year, he was elected to the Mississippi legislature and was later elected Speaker of the House. At age twenty-five, Lynch became the first African American from Mississippi to be elected to the United States Congress. He led the fight to secure passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1875. In 1884, he was elected temporary chairman of the Eighth Republican National Convention and was the first black American to deliver the keynote address. His autobiography, "Reminiscences of an Active Life", reflects Lynch's thoughtful and nuanced understanding of the past and of his own experience. The book, written when he was ninety, challenges a number of traditional arguments about Reconstruction. In his experience, African Americans in the South competed on an equal basis with whites; the state governments were responsive to the needs of the people; and race was not always a decisive factor in the politics of Reconstruction. The autobiography, which would not be published until 1970, provides rich material for the study of American politics and race relations during Reconstruction. It sheds light on presidential patronage, congressional deals, and personality conflicts among national political figures. Lynch's childhood reflections reveal new dimensions to our understanding of black experience during slavery and beyond. An introduction by John Hope Franklin puts Lynch's public and private lives in the context of his times and provides an overview of how "Reminiscences of an Active Life" came to be written
George Washington Williams : a biography by John Hope Franklin( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In George Washington Williams, John Hope Franklin reconstructs the life of the controversial, self-made black intellectual who wrote the first history of African Americans in the United States. Awarded the Clarence L. Holte Literary Prize, this book traces Franklin's forty-year quest for Williams's story, a story largely lost to history until this volume was first published in 1985. The result, part biography and part social history, is a unique consideration of a pioneering historian by his most distinguished successor. Williams, who lived from 1849 to 1891, had a remarkable career as soldier, minister, journalist, lawyer, politician, freelance diplomat, and African traveler, as well as a historian. While Franklin reveals the accomplishments of this neglected figure and emphasizes the racism that curtailed Williams's many talents, he also highlights the personal weaknesses that damaged Williams's relationships and career. Williams led the way in presenting African American history accurately through the use of oral history and archival research, sought to legitimize it as a field of historical study, and spoke out in support of an American Negro Historical Society and as a critic of European imperialism in Africa. He also became erratic and faithless to his family and creditors and died at the age of forty-one, destitute and alienated from family and friends. George Washington Williams is nothing less than a classic biography of a brilliant though flawed individual whose History of the Negro Race in America remains a landmark in African American history and American intellectual history
The Negro in twentieth century America : a reader on the struggle for civil rights by John Hope Franklin( Book )

17 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy betrayed : the Wilmington race riot of 1898 and its legacy( )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy
A southern odyssey : travelers in the antebellum North by John Hope Franklin( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crusade for justice : the autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B Wells-Barnett( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as mother of a growing family as well as her public activities as teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks
Color and race by John Hope Franklin( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fool's errand by Albion W Tourgée( Book )

19 editions published between 1961 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thinly veiled account of Judge Albion W. Tourgee's own career as a forceful advocate of civil rights was a bestseller in the 1880s and continues to occupy a place in the history of American literature. Judge Tourgee's reflections on the fundamental post- abolition problem of how to build a bridge from black emancipation to black equality provide readers with a clear picture of the South during the Reconstruction era. Presented as a work of fiction, this engaging and provocative work discusses Reconstruction and the many problems surrounding it
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In search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old South
Racial equality in AmericaRunaway slaves : rebels on the plantationReconstruction: after the Civil WarIn search of the promised land : a slave family in the Old SouthThe color line : legacy for the twenty-first centuryThe Emancipation proclamationBlack leaders of the twentieth centuryThe free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860
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