Jeffrey B. Perry, “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy,” "Cultural Logic" (2010). (PDF Format) (1.5MB)
For a discussion of some organizing and activism by postal workers see Jeffrey B. Perry, "The Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy -- 'THE MAIL HANDLERS UNION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM at the National and at the Grass Roots Level'" (1989)
Jeffrey B. Perry, Background and Comments on “The Letter to the Editor that 'Science and Society' Refused to Publish” (72.4KB)
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Jeffrey B. Perry, “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy,” "Cultural Logic" (2010). Addendum (pp. 114-7) discusses how "Daedalus" handled it.
Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia.
His work focuses on the role of white supremacy as a retardant to progressive social change and on the centrality of struggle against white supremacy to progressive social change.
For almost forty years he has been active in the working class movement as a rank-and-file worker and as a union shop steward, officer, editor, and retiree. He has also been involved in domestic and international social justice issues including affirmative action, union democracy, and anti-apartheid, anti-war, and anti-imperialist work.
Perry was influenced toward serious study of matters of race and class in America through personal experiences and readings and through the work of an independent scholar and close personal friend, the late Theodore William Allen (1919-2005), author of The Invention of the White Race, (2 vols., Verso Books, 1994, 1997, new edition 2012). Allen was an anti-white-supremacist, proletarian intellectual and an autodidact whose research and writings, on the role of white supremacy in United States history and on the centrality of the struggle against white supremacy, disposed Perry to be receptive to the life and work of Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927), another independent, autodidactic, anti-white-supremacist, working class intellectual.
Dr. Perry preserved and inventoried the "Hubert H. Harrison Papers" and helped to place them at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University and to develop the "Hubert H. Harrison Papers, 1893-1927: Finding Aid." He is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and the forthcoming Writings of Hubert Harrison and he is the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008) and other writings on Harrison. He is currently working on Vol. 2 of the Hubert Harrison biography.
Perry is also the literary executor for Theodore William Allen who's Papers he is preserving and inventorying. He edited and introduced Allen's Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race (1975; Center for the Study of Working Class Life, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2006), he has authored numerous other pieces on Allen including a lengthy treatment in "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy" ("Cultural Logic," July 2010 -- see link above, top left). Most recently he contributed new introductions, back matter, internal study guides, and expanded indexes for the new (Verso Books, November 2012) expanded edition of Allen's two-volume The Invention of the White Race. (Vol 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control and Vol. 2: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America).
Writings by Dr. Perry have appeared in CounterPunch, Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Black Commentator, Z Net, Cultural Logic; Souls, Communist History, Local 2627 AFSCME, History News Network, various Mail Handler publications, Claridad, Journal of American History, Journal of Pan-African Studies, New Labor Forum, and various other union publications, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.
In efforts at public outreach Dr. Perry has spoken on radio and tv and delivered presentations at hundreds of domestic and international venues including colleges, universities, unions, libraries, bookstores, museums, community and educational forums, and high schools.
Some biographical information on Jeffrey B. Perry is found in Scott McLemee, "Rediscovering Hubert Harrison" from "Inside Higher Ed," December 10. 2008.
Merrell Noden's "Do-it-yourself scholars" in the "Princeton Alumni Weekly" of April 22, 2009, discusses Jeffrey B. Perry's work on Hubert Harrison in the context of independent scholarship.
"An Introduction to Jeff Perry (A Meditation on Knowledge and History)" by Ralph Dumain of the C.L.R. James Institute
Interview conducted by Ingemar Smith at Morehouse College, March 4, 2010.