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Misconceptions About the United States' Past.

Historian John Hope Franklin. Years before there were any black history departments, Franklin was researching the stories of free-blacks in the antebellum south. His interest in black history began while he was a graduate student in the 1930's. Since then he has written a number of books on the subject. His latest book "Race and History," is a collection of essays written between 1938 and 1988. Franklin is Professor of Legal History at Duke University.

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Other segments from the episode on March 16, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 16, 1990: Interview with John Hope Franklin; Commentary on Japanese pop music; Interview with Ben Vaughn; Review of Timothy O'Grady's novel "Motherland."

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