In Black America Podcast: Remembering Dr. John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Dr. John Hope Franklin. A pioneer historian, Dr. Franklin was a highly respected scholar who wrote on many aspects of American history.
Dr. Franklin was the James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus and for seven years was Professor of Legal History at Duke University’s Law School. He was a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Fisk University, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University in 1935 and 1941 respectively. Dr. Franklin taught at several institutions including Fisk, North Carolina Central University, and Howard University as well as St. Augustine’s College in North Carolina. From 1956 to 1964 he served as Chairman of the History Department at Brooklyn College. He joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1964, and was named John Mathews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in 1969 while serving as Chairman of the History Department between 1967 and 1970. In 1982, he became Professor Emeritus.
Perhaps best known for his study, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, his other works include The Militant South, 1800-1860 (1956), Reconstruction After the Civil War (1962), The Emancipation Proclamation (1963), A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North (1976), Racial Equality in America (1976), George Washington Williams: A Biography (1985), Race and History: Selected Essays 1938-1988 (1990), The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993) and, Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation (1999), co-authored with former student, Loren Schweninger. In addition to numerous essays and reviews, Dr. Franklin was the editor of The Civil War Diary of James T. Ayers (1947), A Fool’s Errand (1961), Army Life in a Black Regiment (1962), African Americans and the Living Constitution (1995), co-edited with former student, Genna Rae McNeil, and My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck C. Colbert Franklin (1997), co-edited with his son, John Whittington Franklin.
Dr. Franklin died of congestive heart failure at Duke Hospital on the morning of March 25th, 2009.