HIST 420
Sr. Seminar: John Hope Franklin
Roger Williams University
GHH 205
M, TH 3:30 - 4:50
Fall, 2009
Michael R. H. Swanson Ph. D.
Office:  GHH 215
Hours: T, 11:00-12:30
M, W, F,  1:00-2:00
Phone:  (254)-3230
E-mail:  SenSemFranklin@gmail.com
Festschrift  –noun, plural -schrift-en
(often initial capital letter) a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirement, an important anniversary, or the like
1900–05; < G, equiv. to Fest feast, festival + Schrift writing

John Hope Franklin:
John Hope Franklin, Scholar Who Transformed African American History, Dies at Age 94, March 29, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. – John Hope Franklin, the scholar who helped create the field of African-American history and dominated it for nearly six decades, has died at the age of 94.
"John Hope Franklin lived for nearly a century and helped define that century," said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead.  "A towering historian, he led the recognition that African-American history and American history are one. With his grasp of the past, he spent a lifetime building a future of inclusiveness, fairness and equality. Duke has lost a great citizen and a great friend."

Franklin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, was a scholar who brought intellectual rigor as well an engaged passion to his work. He wrote about history – one of his books is considered a core text on the African-American experience, more than 60 years after its publication – and he lived it.
In a nutshell, this is what the fall semester, 2009, Senior Seminar in History was all about:  a festival of writing in honor of one of America’s greatest historians.  Students began the semester by reading Franklin's autobiography, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin  and
Racial Equality in America: The 1976 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.  They read extensively in Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938 - 1988, as well. 

On the basis of these preliminary readings, students chose topics reflecting incidents in Franklin's life or his research interests and prepared their seminar papers in his honor and to his memory.  I present them here, on their behalf.

On this page are links to the student papers.  To view preliminary exercises, please use the navigation button to the left. 

Michael R. H. Swanson

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By Ted Beatty
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By Jerrell Burgo
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By Tom Bushell
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By Justin Cirisoli
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By Molly Johnson
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By Stephen Clark
African American Involvement in the American Revolution

By Justin Cordiero
Riots in American Society

By Robert Deschenes
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By Dana DiSanto
The Civilian Conservation Corps:
The African-American Experience

By Heather Gullberg
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By Andrew Ilvento
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By Scott Raines
Racism’s Awful Weapon:
Lynching in America

By Brittany Pacheco-Ivanson
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By Daniel McDonough
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By Brian Korzen
Origins of Racial Classification

By Max Karten
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By Michelle Santos