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John Hope Franklin

The John Hope Franklin Papers: A Historian Becomes History

Naomi Nelson | Posted 12.17.2012 | College
Naomi Nelson

The only way we can know our past is through the records we keep and pass on. No one was more keenly aware of this than groundbreaking American historian John Hope Franklin, whose papers were recently acquired by Duke University and will soon be open to the public.

Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

This week we celebrate the independence declared and won during the founding era of the nation. Celebrating the Declaration of Independence brings annual focus to the primary author of the document, who is still the subject of competing claims about his life, his faith and his beliefs.

A Call to Black Families

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Our families have seen us through many crises, but there have also been threats to black family stability and reports of black family breakdown throughout our history.

The Word: Black Authors On Power Of Reading And Writing

Marita Golden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marita Golden

I knew I wanted to interview a diverse and celebrated group of African Americans writers because they have been so important to the vitality of American literature.

Did John Hope Franklin Want $100 Trillion for Blacks?

Bakari Kitwana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bakari Kitwana

Dr. John Hope Franklin, the wildly accomplished historian who documented Blacks' place in the great American story, firmly believed in reparations.

John Hope Franklin: A Precious Black Orchid

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

While most scholars are content with conducting research, writing and lecturing, Franklin was quite the activist. He didn't just write about history, he lived it.