From Slavery to Freedom: Sixty Years of Making African American History, 1947-2007
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
Dr. Brian Purnell
Assistant Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University