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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hope Franklin Narrator: John Hope Franklin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781593978204
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Ninety years of American history as lived by the nation's preeminent African American historian and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
John Hope Franklin lived through America's most defining twentieth-century transformation, the dismantling of legally-protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in its myriad aspects, notably in his 3.5 million-copy bestseller, From Slavery to Freedom. And he was, and remains, an active participant.
Born in 1915, he, like every other African American, could not but participate: he was evicted from whites-only train cars, confined to segregated schools, threatened–once with lynching–and consistently met with racism's denigration of his humanity. And yet he managed to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard, become the first black historian to assume a full-professorship at a white institution, Brooklyn College, be appointed chair of the University of Chicago's history department, and, later, John B. Duke Professor at Duke University. He has reshaped the way African American history is understood and taught and become one of the world's most celebrated historians, garnering over 130 honorary degrees. But Franklin's participation was much more fundamental than that.

From his effort in 1934 to hand President Franklin Roosevelt a petition calling for action in response to the Cordie Cheek lynching, to his 1997 appointment by President Clinton to head the President's Initiative on Race, and continuing to the present, Franklin has influenced with determination and dignity the nation's racial conscience. Whether aiding Thurgood Marshall's preparation for arguing Brown v. Board in 1954, marching to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, or testifying against Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987, Franklin has pushed the national conversation on race towards humanity and equality, a life-long effort that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1995.
Intimate, at times revelatory, Mirror to America chronicles Franklin's life and this nation's racial transformation in the 20th century, and is a powerful reminder of the extent to which the problem of America remains the problem of color.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pioneer scholar; a splendid humanist and a shining model to generations of students, scholars, and activists. David Levering Lewis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1994 on John Hope Franklin

  • My fondest dream would be to create a work of scholarship in the field of african american literature as germinal, as salient, as compelling, and as timeless as from slavery to freedom. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
  • Winner of Robert F. Kennedy Book Award - Winner, 2001
  • Winner of Robert F. Kennedy Book Award - Winner, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillery | 12/1/2013

    " Excellent autobiography by one of the key American historians of the 20th century. As one of the first African Americans to receive a PhD from Harvard (in the 1930s), he led quite an interesting life--traveling and teaching all over the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/15/2013

    " What a loss for our country this year. I'm so happy I had an opportunity to hear him speak and to hear his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2012

    " I never knew autobiographies could be so fascinating! And history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chet Makoski | 12/11/2011

    " Wonderful man. I should have known of him. Sorry to say I didn't until now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roland | 12/3/2011

    " Absolutely wonderful. A must read. To learn about the past century, by a persons achievements is so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 9/12/2010

    " One of America's greatest and most influential historians tells the story of his fascinating life and work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/29/2009

    " Professor Franklin has lived such a long life. His autobiography is a journey through African American history from the early 20th century to today. Franklin is an incredible man who should be better known in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Mangano | 11/14/2009

    " I usually eschew anything abridged, but John Hope Franklin himself is the reader for an abridged audiobook version of this memoir. Mesmerizing. Magnificent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lifelearner | 1/27/2009

    " Two thumbs up. It was very telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle | 2/7/2008

    " I think his research is probably more interesting than this book but i haven't read any of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle | 2/7/2008

    " I think his research is probably more interesting than this book but i haven't read any of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2008

    " What a loss for our country this year. I'm so happy I had an opportunity to hear him speak and to hear his story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 10/27/2007

    " Professor Franklin has lived such a long life. His autobiography is a journey through African American history from the early 20th century to today. Franklin is an incredible man who should be better known in America. "

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About the Author
Author John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. He has received dozens of major awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his life-long commitment to civil rights, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for History.