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John Hope Franklin explores African American history through the eyes of George Washington Williams
The much-celebrated 90-year old American historian John Hope Franklin barely mentioned his own autobiography, Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; November, 2005) in his appearance at the Miami Book Fair International 2005. Instead, Franklin gave his packed audience a glimpse into his character and inspirations by telling the story of his discovery of, and subsequent research into, the life of America's first African American historian George Washington Williams. With scarce documentation, Franklin traced the remarkable life of George Washington Williams from his days as an ambitious, yet illiterate, youth to the top of his college class, and subsequent work as the first African American minister, newspaper columnist and legislator in Ohio, as well as his missionary work in Africa, and finally his unmarked pauper's grave in Blackpool, England. Afterward, Franklin was greeted by several former students, and answered questions from the audience on racial injustice in America, on U.S. intervention in Haiti and Bush's Christian conscience, as well as a question about racial politics in America today.

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Ann Beattie, winner of $30,000 Rea Award for short story writing, reads 'Coping Stones': Ann Beattie reads 'Coping Stones,' published in September 12, 2005, issue of 'The New Yorker' at the University of New Hampshire and one week later wins the $30,000 Rea Award for her celebrated work as a short story writer

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