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Theodore W. Allen, "The Invention of the White Race"

“When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.
--Theodore W. Allen--
--"The Invention of the White Race," Vol. 1, 1994--

(This statement is based on the fact that, after twenty-plus years of meticulous research and examination of 885 county-years of pattern-setting Virginia’s colonial records, Allen found “no instance of the official use of the word ‘white’ as a token of social status” prior to 1691.")

[From 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” (forthcoming)]
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