Reflecting a Tarnished America

I first met the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin in the 1960s when I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Over the years I have benefited from his counsel and friendship as I have made my way as a scholar and an activist. So I eagerly read his new memoir, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin, published this week by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. As the title suggests, Franklin is writing not just about his life, but about the enduring impact of