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Born less than a half a century after slavery was abolished, John Hope Franklin received a doctorate from Harvard, was a professor at St. Augustine's College and N.C. Central among others, became chair of the history departments at Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago, taught legal history and became the James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University, is an author of numerous books, including the seminal From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, and is a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2006 John W. Kluge award for his lifetime achievements in the humanities. In Biographical Conversations with John Hope Franklin, the prominent historian reflects on growing up in the racially divided South and his prolific career as a scholar of American history. In three episodes, entitled ‘”Early Life and College," "Teaching and Writing," and “Back to North Carolina," the series captures the many milestones marking John Hope Franklin’s life and legacy.
Biographical Conversations is supported by a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.