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Published on Jan 29, 2013


Dr. Jeffrey Perry Discusses White Supremacy in America and the New Expanded Edition of Theodore William Allen's Landmark Books


My guest is Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry, an independent, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia University.

Dr, Perry's 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 over thirty-five 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, two volumes, Verso Books, 1994, 1997, and a new edition in 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, at Columbia University, and to develop the "Hubert H. Harrison Papers, 1883-1927: 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) and other writings on Harrison. He is currently working on volume two of the Hubert Harrison biography.

In addition, Perry is the literary executor for 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 authored numerous other pieces on Allen, which include 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).

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).

The segment was conceived, directed, edited and written by Gary Glennell Toms, also known as "The G-Man".

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