John Hope Franklin’s Work Lives On

The late John Hope Franklin published his seminal work, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans in 1947. It was revised eight times and has sold more than 3 million copies.

Professor Franklin died this past March but his work will go on. Franklin entrusted future revisions of his work to Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. Professor Higginbotham is rewriting and editing much of the text and has added new material on African slaves in Spanish Florida, the development of blues and soul music, African-American artists who settled in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, the black power movement, and hip-hop culture.

Professor Higginbotham was able to show Dr. Franklin 15 chapters of the revised work before his death.

The ninth edition of From Slavery to Freedom will be published next month.