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John Hope Franklin

John Hope Franklin (1915- )

In 1943, UNC Press published Dr. John Hope Franklin's Harvard dissertation and first book, The Free Negro in North Carolina, 1790-1860. In this path-breaking work, the distinguished historian addressed the plight of free blacks living in a slave society. He showed that freed blacks did not have full citizenship, and laws governing their behavior became increasingly harsh over time.