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Mirror to America : the autobiography of John Hope Franklin / John Hope Franklin.


John Hope Franklin lived through America's most defining 20th-century transformation, the dismantling of legally-protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in its myriad aspects, and he was, and remains, an active participant. Born in 1915, he could not but participate: evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, and threatened--once with lynching. And yet he managed to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. He has become one of the world's most celebrated historians and reshaped the way African American history is understood and taught. But Franklin's participation was much more fundamental than that. From his effort in 1934 to hand President Roosevelt a petition, whether aiding Thurgood Marshall's preparation for Brown v. Board in 1954, marching to Montgomery in 1965, or testifying against Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, Franklin has pushed the national conversation on race towards humanity and equality.--From publisher description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0374299447 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A John Kluge book, Library of Congress"--Verso t.p.
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
No crystal stair -- The world of my youth -- From Rentiesville to T-town -- The gold and blue -- Fair Harvard -- A published author -- Newly minted -- Days of infamy -- From slavery to freedom -- A hilltop high -- Legacies -- A change of venue -- On becoming New Yorkers -- Way down under -- Glimpses of the motherland -- Hail Britannia -- Points west -- The uses of history -- Students' rights--civil rights -- Town and gown and beyond -- Family matters -- Reaching a larger American public -- Winding down--somewhat -- A whole new life -- A duke affair -- Matters of life and death -- Honorable mention -- One America -- A conversation stalled -- In sickness and in health -- Through a looking glass.
Subject: Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009.
African American historians > Biography.
Historians > United States > Biography.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at York County Libraries.


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Guthrie Memorial Library: Hanover's Public Library Adults B FRANKLIN Biography (Text) 34007001341143 Adult Area Available -

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