Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dr. John Hope Franklin

The great historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, preeminent chronicler of African America, has died. Here's an appreciation from Tayari Jones.

Dr. Franklin's works are too numerous to list, his contribution to both the truth and the struggle too massive to fully understand, I think, just yet. There are a couple good places to start, though, for anyone seeking to learn what he had to teach. His Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin came out just two or three years ago. And there is his 1947 opus From Slavery to Freedom, which I admit I've never read but have long meant to.