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) The "Addendum" discusses "Daedalus." (1.5MB)
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Jeffrey B. Perry
For a discussion of some organizing 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"
Jeffrey B. Perry, Background and Comments on “The Letter to the Editor that 'Science and Society' Refused to Publish” (114.3KB)
Slide Presentation/Talk on Theodore W. Allen's "The Invention of the White Race" -- especially Vol. II: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America." By Jeffrey B. Perry -- January 31, 2013, Brecht Forum, NYC. Hosted by The Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen Society. -- CLICK HERE
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.
Dr. 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 efforts.
For over forty years Jeff 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, an independent archivist, bibliophile, and historian, 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); 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 he wrote new introductions and supplemental notes for the new, expanded edition of Hubert Harrison's When Africa Awakes: The "Inside Story" of the Stirrings and Strivings of the New Negro in the Western World (Diasporic Africa Press, 2015). In addition, he is the author of other writings on Harrison, and he is currently working on Vol. 2 of the Hubert Harrison biography and on the "Writings of Hubert Harrison" for free-access worldwide on the website of the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscripts Library.
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, Amsterdam News,, Black Agenda Report, Black Commentator, Black Past.org, Black Star News, Claridad, Communist History, CounterPunch, Cultural Logic, Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Facts For Working People, Hartford Guardian, History News Network, Journal of American History, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Labor Notes, Lies of Our Times, Local 2627 AFSCME, Local 300 Mail Handlers News, The Mail Handler, Mail Handler Voice, New Labor Forum, New Politics, Pambazuka News, Socialism and Democracy, Souls, Stansbury Forum, Truthout, Your Union News, Z Net, and various other 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.
Dr. Perry is currently working on Volume 2 of his Hubert Harrison biography and preparing his large collection of materials on Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, postal activism, and other aspects of his activism and research for placement at a major repository.
"THE INVENTION OF THE WHITE RACE"
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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.
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.
“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, 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 Caeser 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!
For additional writings by and about Theodore W. Allen CLICK HERE!
For writings by and about Hubert Harrison CLICK HERE!
For information on Arete Living Arts Foundation CLICK HERE!
“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.