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” (114.3KB)
on Theodore W. Allen's
"The Invention of the White Race"
especially Vol. II
"The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America"
January 31, 2013
Brecht Forum, NYC
The Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen Society
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.
Zinn Education Project on A Hubert Harrison Reader
and on Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry
1. "Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy," by Jeffrey B. Perry, Slide Presentation/Talk at The Commons, Brooklyn NY, July 26, 2014
2. “Hubert Harrison, St. Croix, Early Years in New York, and Black Working Class Intellectual Circles (1883-1910)," by Jeffrey B. Perry, Slide Presentation/Talk at The Commons, Brooklyn NY, August 2, 2014
3. “Hubert Harrison, the Socialist Party, the Founding of the 'New Negro Movement,' and the Liberty Congress (1911-1918)," by Jeffrey B. Perry, Slide Presentation/Talk at The Commons, Brooklyn NY, August 9, 2014
4. “Theodore W. Allen, 'White Skin Privilege,' 'The Invention of the White Race,' and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy," by Jeffrey B. Perry, Slide Presentation/Talk at The Commons, Brooklyn NY, August 16, 2014
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 forty years Perry 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) and "Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race." 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. Perry considers Harrison and Allen to be two of the twentieth century's most important writers on "race" and class in America.
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." He is also the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008), the first volume of a two-volume biography, and of other writings on Harrison. He is currently working on Vol. 2 of the Hubert Harrison biography.
Perry is also the literary executor for, and chronicler of the life of, Theodore William Allen whose 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) and he has authored numerous other pieces on Allen including a lengthy treatment of "The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy" in (
Writings by Dr. Perry have appeared in AfricanGlobe, AlterNet, CounterPunch, Truthout, Black Past.org, Black Agenda Report, Black Commentator, Z Net, Cultural Logic; Souls, Communist History, Local 2627 AFSCME, History News Network, Amsterdam News, Socialism and Democracy, Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture, Pambazuka News, Hartford GuardianClaridad, Journal of American History, Journal of Pan-African Studies, New Labor Forum, Local 300 Mail Handlers News, The Mail Handler, Mail Handler Voice, Your Union News, Labor Notes, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Lies of Our Times, and various encyclopedias, journals, newspapers, and labor publications.
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, conferences, community and educational forums, and high schools.
Here are video samples of Dr. Perry's Slide Presentation talks on Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 and on Theodore W. Allen's The Invention of the White Race.
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.
Some biographical information on Jeffrey B. Perry is found in Scott McLemee, "Rediscovering Hubert Harrison" from "Inside Higher Ed," December 10. 2008.
Karen Pereny, “In Englewood, Westwood author discusses fight against white supremacy,” North Jersey.com, February 23, 2012.
Jeffrey B. Perry
Slide Presentation/Talk on
The Invention of the White Race (Verso Books) by Theodore W. Allen
with special emphasis on Vol. II: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America.
Hosted by “The Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen Society”
Filmed by Fred Nguyen on January 31, 2013
Brecht Forum, New York City
Courtesy Fansmiles Productions.
“Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism”
Presentation by Jeffrey B. Perry
Dudley Public Library, Roxbury, Massachusetts,
February 15, 2014
The event was hosted by Mimi Jones and sponsored by Friends of the Dudley Library, Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, and Massachusetts Global Action. Contact people included Mirna Lascano, Umang Kumar, Paul Malachi Penchalapadu, and Charlie Welch in addition to Mimi Jones.
Video Prepared by Boston Neighborhood News TV’s “Around Town” -- Channel: Comcast 9 / RCN 15 Justin D. Shannahan, Production Manager, Ted Lewis, cameraman, and Laura Kerivan, copy editor for Boston Neighborhood Network Television. Nia Grace, Marketing and Promotions Manager of BNNTV, and Scott Mercer, of BNNTV, coordinated efforts to make the video available.
Ilva Harrison (Hubert Harrison's granddaughter, on left), Charles Richardson (Hubert Harrison's grandson), Onaje Allan Gumbs (nephew of Hubert Harrison's daughter-in-law), Yvette N. Richardson-Hudson (Hubert Harrison's great-granddaughter), Jeffrey B. Perry, and Yvette's two daughters, Nubia and Seba (Hubert Harrison's great-great-granddaughters), at the May 31, 2009, Harlem Ceremony at St. Mary's Church presenting a New York City Council Resolution posthumously honoring Hubert Harrison. From the Whitnie Payne photo album.
Labor History, and the Centrality of Labor Struggle Against White Supremacy
Interview conducted with Caesar Pink and staff of Arete Living Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) National Conference, at Brooklyn - CUNY Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY, 10004.
Posted on 7 April 2014.
For key insights from Theodore W. Allen on U.S. Labor History CLICK HERE!
For information on Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race” CLICK HERE!
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For writings by and about Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE!
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“Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen,
and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy"
by Jeffrey B. Perry (Introduction)
July 26, 2014
The Commons, Brooklyn, NY
"An Introduction to Jeff Perry (A Meditation on Knowledge and History)" by Ralph Dumain of the C.L.R. James Institute
"The Invention of the White Race": Dr. Jeffrey Perry Discusses the New Expanded Edition of Theodore William Allen's The Invention of the White Race (Verso Books, 2012). Interview by Gary Glennell Toms, January 29, 2013.
"Harrison Redux" by Scott McLemee at the "Columbia Journalism Review" website (May 6, 2009) discusses the Hubert Harrison biography while focusing on Harrison as a book reviewer.
"Writing Hubert Harrison--A Post by Jeffrey B. Perry" (November 20, 2008), Columbia University Press blog.
"Biographer to Shed Light on Often-Neglected Radical," by Adam Lampell, "Columbia Spectator," April 15, 2009
Response to article on Independent Scholars in Princeton Alumni Weeklyby Gene Bruskin, head organizer for Smithfield Organizing Campaign and co-founder of U.S. Labor Against the War to article by Merrell Noden on Independent Scholars.
Response by R. William Potter to article by Merrell Noden in Princeton Alumni Weekly on Independent Scholars and Hubert Harrison.
At Eso Won Books, Los Angeles, October 13, 2009. Left to right--biographer Jeffrey B. Perry, Eso Won co-owner Tom Hamilton, Eso Won co-owner James Fugate, and Charles Richardson (Hubert Harrison's grandson).