Books: Non-Fiction

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

Book - Nonfiction. By John Hope Franklin. 2006. Autobiography of one of the leading historians of the 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century

mirrortoamericaMirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin is an astonishing beautiful, deeply intelligent record of an extraordinary life. Required reading lest we forget what is possible in a race-based society.”—Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature

“This is the most important autobiography of the year! John Hope Franklin is a national treasure. Mirror to America is cause for a national celebration. For me, and countless others, Dr. Franklin is a mentor and role-model without peer, a man whose clear-eyed look into our past improved America’s future. Mirror to America will lift the spirit and steel our resolve for the work ahead.”—Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Senior Manager and Director Lazard LTD and author of Vernon Can Read

“John Hope Franklin’s story is a triumphant one, at once a chronicle of America’s progress in civil rights over the past ninety years and a stirring reminder of the determination still needed to confront the country’s remaining barriers to racial equality. He has inspired his students for decades; now, with Mirror to America, he offers inspiration to us all.”—David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York

“John Hope Franklin’s Mirror to America is a singular document, a great historian’s autobiography that will serve as an indispensable history of our times. Read and reflect, indeed!”—David Levering Lewis, Pulizer Prize winner, Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, NYU

ISBN: 9780374530471 | Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.