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Oral History Interview with John Hope Franklin, July 27, 1990. Interview A-0339. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    John Hope Franklin, legendary African American historian, shares some of his recollections from his early life in this interview, including his time spent as chairman of student government at Fisk, teaching at North Carolina College, and his record with the Southern Historical Association. The interviewer proposes some theses about race and history in the American South, and he and Franklin discuss various figures who flitted in and out of Franklin's life, and in and out of southern politics and activism. While Franklin does not offer any lengthy thoughts on race or civil rights in the South, the interview does provide insightful anecdotes about the storied lives of Franklin and his contemporaries.
  • Racist university professor surprised at black student's accomplishment
  • Racially charged events at Fisk
  • Black scholars prevented from eating in segregated restaurant
  • Franklin remembers James E. Shepard
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  • Subjects
  • North Carolina--Race relations
  • African Americans--Political activity
  • Tennessee--Race relations
  • African American college teachers
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