Dr. John Hope Franklin, the Ultimate Historian
John Hope Franklin‘s From Slavery to Freedom has been used as a textbook in college-level history and sociology courses. This seminal book thoroughly introduced a part of US history that has not been mainstream despite comprehensive and compelling coverage of Black Americans. It is among approximately 20 US history books published by the ultimate historian and scholar, who earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1941.
According to historians.org: “Dr. Franklin has served on a number of national commissions including the National Council of the Humanities, the President’s Advisory Commission on Ambassadorial Appointments, and One America: The President’s Initiative on Race (1997). He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995.”
While president of the American Historical Association, he delivered this speech in 1979: https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/presidential-addresses/john-hope-franklin.
Read more about the life and legacy of this major history scholar here: jhfc.duke.edu.
The Durham History Hub
The Durham History Hub at the Museum of Durham History offers an exhibit that connects middle schoolers with great people from Durham, like John Hope Franklin. It is located at 500 West Main Street.
The Franklin Research Center at Duke University
Scholars or those who simply want a deeper exploration of the life and work of Dr. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) should consider a visit to The Franklin Research Center at Duke University (411 Chapel Drive).
According to https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/franklin/about: “The Center was established in 1995 when Dr. John Hope Franklin donated his personal and professional papers to the Rubenstein Library, thereby furthering the library’s mission to preserve primary sources relevant to the experience of people of African descent and to make those sources available to students, scholars and lay researchers.”
Durham has a population of approximately 270,000.
The Durham History Hub is the third stop on our North Carolina Author Adventures Trail!