Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

R. I. P. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)

The prominent historian John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) passed away today.  He both chronicled and help to make America a more just, less race segregated, nation.  The first African-American historian at a major “white” college (Brooklyn College), the first African-American chair of the history dept. at Duke  University, and first to hold an endowed chair at Duke, Franklin was also the first black president of the American Historical Association.  He was awarded the Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian order given by our government) by Pres. Bill Clinton.  His groundbreaking history textbook From Slavery to Freedom was the first widely used textbook that showed the presence of African-Americans in all of American history–at event after event where the white participants were regularly mentioned in history textbooks and the black participants were not mentioned.


March 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. May he rest in peace…I enjoyed hearing him on television…He was a fine historian and a very erudite person…

    Comment by Paul | March 25, 2009

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