The Legacy Of John Hope Franklin Essay

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John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin was a highly admired American historian and social activist, he is best known for his scholarship that focused on Southern history and racial politics. His groundbreaking work, From Slavery to Freedom, was first released in 1947 and sold more than three million copies worldwide and with many other titles to follow (Yarrow). Apart from being an historian and author, Franklin was also former president for many honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Organization of American Historians, and the Southern Historical Association. In order to recognize his contribution to society and culture in the United States, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor in 1995. Franklin passed away on March 25, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina at an age of ninety-four.
Franklin was born on January 2, 1915, in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. His attorney father, Buck Colbert Franklin and schoolteacher mother, Mollie Franklin named him after the first African American president of Atlanta University, John Hope. Franklin’s father, Buck Franklin was seventh of ten children born to Chickasaw Freedman, David Franklin and Milley Franklin. Buck Franklin became a civil rights lawyer after he graduated from college. He is best known for defending African American survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. In the riot, a group of whites attacked and burned down the African American community in Greenwood District, Tulsa, which was…

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