"The Invention Of The White Race" by Theodore W. Allen. Presentation by Jeffrey B. Perry




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Published on Mar 17, 2013

"The Invention of the White Race" (Verso Books) by Theodore W. Allen, especially Vol. II: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America."

This Slide Presentation/Talk by Jeffrey B. Perry, which draws on insights from Hubert Harrison, was hosted by The Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen Society on January 31, 2013, at the Brecht Forum, when it was still located in lower Manhattan.

On this cold night the building had no heat. The standing room only audience is testimony to the growing interest in Theodore W. Allen's important work and in the struggle against white supremacy.

The video was shot by Fred Nguyen and made available Courtesy Fansmiles Productions.

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"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
(Written after searching through 885 county-years of Virginia's colonial records)

Theodore W. Allen's "The Invention of the White Race," with its focus on racial oppression and social control, is one of the twentieth-century's major contributions to historical understanding. This two-volume classic (Vol. 1: "Racial Oppression and Social Control" and Vol. 2: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America") details how the "white race" was invented as a ruling-class social control formation and a system of racial oppression was imposed in response to labor solidarity in the wake of Bacon's Rebellion (1676-77), how the "white race" was created and maintained through "white race" privileges conferred on laboring class European-Americans relative to African-Americans, how these privileges were not in the interest of African-Americans or laboring class European-Americans, and how the "white race" has been the principal historic guarantor of ruling-class domination in America. (See http://www.jeffreybperry.net/_center_... )

"The Invention of the White Race" presents a full-scale challenge to what Allen refers to as "The Great White Assumption" -- "the unquestioning, indeed unthinking acceptance of the 'white' identity of European-Americans of all classes as a natural attribute rather than a social construct." Its thesis on the origin and nature of the "white race" contains the root of a new and radical approach to United States history, one that challenges master narratives taught in the media and in schools, colleges, and universities. With its equalitarian motif and emphasis on class struggle it speaks to people today who strive for change worldwide.

Jeffrey B. Perry contributed new introductions, back matter, internal study guides, and expanded indexes to Verso Books' new expanded edition of "The Invention of the White Race."

For more information on Dr. Perry and his work on Hubert Harrison "the father of Harlem radicalism" (1883-1927) and Theodore W. Allen (1919-2005)
See http://www.jeffreybperry.net

Also see
1) http://www.jeffreybperry.net/disc.htm
2) http://www.jeffreybperry.net/_center_...
3) http://www.jeffreybperry.net/_center_...

For “Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the Centrality of the Struggle Against White Supremacy” by Jeffrey B. Perry see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcuvU...

A video of a presentation on Hubert Harrison at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library in Roxbury, Massachusetts on February 15, 2014 can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heBKm...

For a video on “Hubert Harrison” at the St, Croix Landmarks Society’s “Come Home to St. Croix” event on July 19, 2016 see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szp7e...

Videos of an interview with Theodore W. Allen conducted by Stella Winston can be found at
http://youtu.be/EtS7yUyCsvU and at http://youtu.be/7JYYnNzjJrU

For the article “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights from Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” by Jeffrey B. Perry see http://www.jeffreybperry.net (at top left) or see http://clogic.eserver.org/2010/2010.html

For a June 18, 2016 talk on “Theodore W. Allen and ‘The Invention of the White Race’" by Jeffrey B. Perry, presented at a "Multiracial Organizing Conference" on "Organizing Poor and Working Class Whites: The Challenge of Building a Multiracial Movement," at the Beloved Community Center, 417 Arlington St., Greensboro, N.C. see – https://youtu.be/4XntB31Kkj4


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