chapter  46
Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient (Edward W. Said, 1935–2003)
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The power of Franklin’s work as a black historian derives in large part not just from massive scholarship but from an unwavering spirit of calm objectivity. His narrative, analysis, and conclusions are free of ideological or partisan lapses. His serene even handedness with a large-scale subject weighted down for centuries with cruelty, rancor, and prejudice is a singular achievement.