- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (November 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374299447
- ISBN-13: 978-0374299446
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,764,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
At 90, Franklin recalls his extraordinary life. Born in the Oklahoma territory in 1915 and descended from slaves, he studied at Harvard, taught at some of the nation's most prestigious universities, served on committees for FDR and Bill Clinton, published seminal histories of blacks in America and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in civil rights. Franklin strove to evade the draft in WWII after being treated shamefully by the draft board when he tried to enlist, and did research for Thurgood Marshall in Brown v. Board of Education. Every aspect of Franklin's life has been influenced by the institutionalized racism he's experienced since he was six, when he was forced off a train for sitting in a car reserved for whites. Yet Franklin relates this all in dry, flat prose steeped in minutiae. The larger aspects of his life are glossed over; missing entirely is the emotional response to the ubiquitous racism. Nor does Franklin contextualize his experiences (e.g., in 1945, he refused to move to the back of the bus, but he fails to juxtapose this event with the Rosa Parks incident 10 years later). This disappointing autobiography fails to depict Franklin as the trailblazing iconoclast he was and is. Photos. (Nov.)
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From The New Yorker
At the age of ninety, Franklin recounts the story of his rise from a childhood in Oklahoma to a career as a pioneering African-American historian, whose work on the history of segregation formed part of the N.A.A.C.P.'s brief in Brown v. Board of Education. The journey is shadowed at every stage by episodes of casual bigotry and worse. He was threatened by a would-be lynch mob while surveying the economic conditions of black cotton farmers in Depression-era Mississippi; as he corrected the galleys of his groundbreaking work "From Slavery to Freedom," in 1947, he learned that his older brother, shattered by the experience of racism in the segregated military, "had either fallen or jumped" from a hotel window; and, after he hosted a dinner on the eve of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a white woman gave him a numbered ticket and asked him to retrieve her coat.
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Top Customer Reviews
I heard Dr. Franklin discuss this book and others he has written, on C-Span recently and quickly decided to order the hardback version which contains pictures and in which I could read at leisure, digesting all the accomplishments, family life, travels, and educational pursuits of an African-American who, at the age of 90 (in 2005 when this book was published) knew his story and insights over the decades would be passed on to generations of scholars and people who appreciate facing reality.
I am most appreciative of this work - there are so many surprises - so much detail and honesty - so much history of the problem of color in our country as told by one who was born in Oklahoma in 1915 and eventually became a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his lifelong commitment to civil rights. There are thirty memorable chapters plus an epilogue - you will be a better person for having read them.
1) It gives a detailed account of the author's life and vividly demonstrates the struggle African Americans faced regardless of their education, benevolence, and willingness to be a good citizen despite daily obstacles of prejudice.
2) It provides detailed insight into the inner workings of Black communities and their interactions with White communities over a period of 90 years.
3) It gives inspiration and pride to African Americans who sincerely yearn for an African-American male mentor to give guidance. The scarcity of African-American male mentors lends more hardship to being a Black male. It is sometimes quite burdensome for Black males who strive to overcome constant obstacles as they push forward to make a place for themselves in the world.
on my local television station. It gave an interesting and clear view of the development of one of the most impressive
historians of our time over a period of some seventy years. My only regret is that I never had the privilege or the
pleasure of meeting the man. It is an easy read with lots of detail. I was amazed at Franklin's ability to remember
all those names over the years of his life. Truly a great read!
The very intellectual Dr. Franklin has written this book in a way that seems to convey his personality. I felt like I got to know him, the man, every so slightly in a personally way. I wish I had read this earlier in my life.