From Slavery to Freedom: Sixty Years of Making African American History, 1947-2007

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In 1947, John Hope Franklin published, From Slavery to Freedom. Sixty years later, after its ninth printing, the book continues to shape historical scholarship and learning. Few works of non-fiction enjoy the longevity and global distribution that FSTF has experienced. The history of this book offers a special window through which to view the proliferation of scholarship on African Americans in the Untied States, as well as the ways that African American history has become a standard field within the ways professionally trained historians research, write and teach US history. This paper will review the history of Franklin's book -- its origins and development over time -- as well as indicate the ways professional scholarship and historical pedagogy has, in some ways, just begun to incorporate Franklin's framework into recent research and teaching agendas.

Keywords: African Ameican History, US History, Race, Racism, Historiography, Diaspora, Identity
Stream: Knowledge , History, Historiography , Teaching and Learning , Ethnicity, Difference, Identity , Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Brian Purnell

Assistant Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University
New York, New York, USA

Brian Purnell received a PhD in History from New York University. He is currently writing a book on the history of post-World War II anti-racist urban social movements. Using a case study of Brooklyn, New York during the 1960s, this book will contribute to the growing field of new studies on the US civil rights and Black Power movements. He is also writing a series of essays on the historiography of African American history since World War II, which highlights the work of John Hope Franklin, August Meier, Nell Painter and Darlene Clark Hine.

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