George Washington Williams: A Biography

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John Hope Franklin reconstructs the life of the controversial, self-made black intellectual who wrote the first history of African Americans in the United States.

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"[A]n exemplary, fascinating piece of scholarship. . . ."
--Brian Ward, "Times Literary Supplement"

"[A]n invaluable contribution to American Studies. . . ."
--Saer Maty Ba, "European Journal of American Culture"

"[A]n informative and fascinating story of a 'brilliant though flawed individual' whose "History of the Negro Race in America" remains a landmark in African American history."
--Sage Race Relations Abstracts

"[T]his reprint of John Hope Franklin's sympathetic and yet critical biography of the controversial life of George Washington Williams is indeed timely. . . . [It] is an important and engaging book. Franklin does not merely bring an important and largely ignored figure to our attention, but in exploring the historical opportunities and dilemmas for black American activist-intellectualism with warmth and a critical perspective, draws an insight into the historical emergence of Pan-Africanism and black American historiography, and contemporary understandings of the role of the intellectual within struggles for radical social transformation."
--Brett St. Louis, "Ethnic and Racial Studies"

"In the historiography of African Americans, Williams stands not only as a pioneer, but as an author whose work has held its value. The conjunction of these two giants makes Franklin on Williams a work of enduring worth."--Nell Irvin Painter, author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

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John Hope Franklin is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. His numerous publications include The Emancipation Proclamation, The Militant South, The Free Negro in North Carolina, Reconstruction After the Civil War, and A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Ante-bellum North. In 1997, his best-known book, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, celebrated its 30th anniversary. Recently, Franklin was named chairman of the advisory board for One America, President Clinton’s Initiative on Race.

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