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John Hope Franklin, Duke University professor of history emeritus, is the author and editor of 17 books, including the best-selling "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans." As the first distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress under the John W. Kluge Endowment, he completed his autobiography, "Mirror to America" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). For his academic achievements, his interventions with American racism and his numerous acts of public service, Professor Franklin has been the recipient of many honors, including the Jefferson Medal, the Charles Frankel Prize, the NAACP's Spingarn Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Franklin died in 2009.