Historians


John Hope Franklin, 1915 – 2009

One of America’s greatest historians, John Hope Franklin has died at the age of 94. Born on January 2, 1915 in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, a place so small it seems to have been overlooked on the 1920 census, he was the son of Buck Colbert Franklin and Molly Parker Franklin. His father was one of the first black lawyers in Oklahoma, …Continue reading →

An Historian Comments On Historians and Genealogy

Professional historians, like all skilled tradespeople, have their own status rules. One of the most basic of these–so basic that our postgraduate students do not even need to be told, so clearly do we silently communicate our snobbery– is this: do not ever become involved with the practice of genealogy: it is a necropolis of the mind and anyone who …Continue reading →

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