One America in the 21st Century: The Report of President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race

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About the Author
Steven F. Lawson, professor of history at Rutgers University, is the author of several books on the civil rights movement and black suffrage, including Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969, Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941, and Debating the Civil Rights Movement: 1945-1968.

John Hope Franklin was the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and for seven years was Professor of Legal History at Duke University Law School. A native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Fisk University (1935), he received the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University (1936 and 1941). He taught at a number of institutions, including Fisk, St. Augustine's College, and Howard University. In 1956 he went to Brooklyn College as Chair of the Department of History; and in 1964, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, serving as Chair of the Department of History from 1967 to 1970. At Chicago, he was the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor from 1969 to 1982, when he became Professor Emeritus.

Among his many published works are The Free Negro in North Carolina (1943), Reconstruction after the Civil War (1961), A Southern Odyssey (1971), and perhaps his best-known book, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, now in its ninth edition. In 1990 a collection of essays covering a teaching and writing career of fifty years was published as Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988. At the time of his death in March 2009, he was engaged in research on "Dissidents on the Plantation: Runaway Slaves."

During his long career, Professor Franklin was active in numerous professional and educational organizations. For many years he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Negro History. He also served as president of the following organizations: The Southern Historical Association, the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association.

Dr. Franklin served on many national commissions and delegations, including the National Council on the Humanities, the President's Advisory Commission on Ambassadorial Appointments, and the United States delegation to the 21st General Conference of UNESCO. He was appointed by President Clinton to chair the President's Advisory Board for the One America initiative in June 1997.

He was the recipient of many honors. In 1978 Who's Who in America selected him as one of eight Americans who has made significant contributions to society. In 1995 he received the first W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Fisk University Alumni Association, the Organization of American Historians' Award for Outstanding Achievement, the NAACP's Spingarn medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to his many awards, Dr. Franklin received honorary degrees from more than one hundred colleges and universities.

"While many Americans continue to evade the persistent issue of race, Steven Lawson has helpfully reminded us of the vital contribution of John Hope Franklin and his colleagues to racial understanding. This report deserves a new look."--Clayborne Carson, editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr., and founding director of the King Research and Education Institute, Stanford University--Clayborne Carson
"This report, issued under the aegis of the Clinton administration and now placed in historical context by Professor Lawson, is a welcome addition to the dialogue on race in America."--Chandler Davidson, Rice University --Chandler Davidson

"Lawson places the Franklin Commission Report in historical perspective and analyzes the Clinton presidency as well as the report in a cogent and evenhanded way. His introduction to the volume is itself worth the price of admission."--John Dittmer, Depauw University

--John Dittmer

"One America not only reminds us of the century-long struggle to place civil rights on the national agenda, but it also provides a blueprint for our continuing discourse on race."--Robert Pratt, University of Georgia

--Robert Pratt

"The Franklin commission's report, and this volume, will surely assume a place among the most significant works about race and the persistent challenge of racism in modern American life."--William A. Link, University of Florida

--William A. Link

"Steven Lawson's splendid introduction and judicious editing admirably underscore the present and future significance of One America in the indispensable Century, a report at once indispensible to our comprehension of the urgency to bridge the racial divide and a blueprint suggesting how to achieve that elusive goal. One America in the 21st Century is not just another presidential commission report. It is profoundly deserving of our sustained consideration."--Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

--Darlene Clark Hine