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Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927

Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927

by Jeffrey B. Perry


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The St. Croix–born, Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883–1927) was a brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and activist who combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race consciousness into a potent political radicalism. Harrison’s ideas profoundly influenced “New Negro” militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his work is a key link in the two great strands of the Civil Rights/Black Liberation struggle: the labor- and civil-rights movement associated with Randolph and Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and nationalist movement associated with Garvey and Malcolm X.

In this second volume of his acclaimed biography, Jeffrey B. Perry traces the final decade of Harrison’s life, from 1918 to 1927. Perry details Harrison’s literary and political activities, foregrounding his efforts against white supremacy and for racial consciousness and unity in struggles for equality and radical social change. The book explores Harrison’s role in the militant New Negro Movement and the International Colored Unity League, as well as his prolific work as a writer, educator, and editor of the New Negro and the Negro World. Perry examines Harrison’s interactions with major figures such as Garvey, Randolph, J. A. Rogers, Arthur Schomburg, and other prominent individuals and organizations as he agitated, educated, and organized for democracy and equality from a race-conscious, radical internationalist perspective. This magisterial biography demonstrates how Harrison’s life and work continue to offer profound insights on race, class, religion, immigration, war, democracy, and social change in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231182638
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/08/2020
Pages: 1000
Sales rank: 1,155,978
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent scholar and archivist. He is the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883–1918 (Columbia, 2008) and the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (2001), and he preserved and placed Harrison’s papers. He is also the literary executor for Theodore W. Allen, preserved and placed his papers, and edited and introduced the expanded 2012 edition of Allen’s two-volume The Invention of the White Race.

Table of Contents

A Note on Usage
Part I: “New Negro Movement” Editor and Activist
1. Return to Harlem and Resurrection of The Voice (July–December 1918)
2. Political Activities in Washington and Virginia (January–July 1919)
3. New Negro Editor and Agitator (July–December 1919)
Part II: Editor of the Negro World
4. Reshaping the Negro World and Comments on Garvey (December 1919–May 1920)
5. Debate with The Emancipator (March–April 1920)
6. Early Negro World Writings (January–July 1920)
7. The 1920 UNIA Convention and Influence on Garvey (August–November 1920)
8. Post-Convention Meditations, Writings, and Reviews (September–December 1920)
9. Early 1921 Negro World Writings and Reviews (January–April 1921)
10. The Liberty League, Tulsa, and Mid-1921 Writings (May–September 1921)
11. Negro World Writings and Reviews (September 1921–April 1922)
12. The Period of Garvey’s Arrest (October 1921–March 1922)
Part III: “Free-lance Educator”
13. Lecturer, Book Reviewer, and Citizenship (March 1922–June 1923)
14. The KKK, Garvey’s Conviction, Speaking, Virgin Islands, and Reviews (1923)
15. Boston Chronicle, Board of Ed, and the New Negro (January–June 1924)
Part IV: The Struggle for International Colored Unity
16. ICUL, Midwest Tour, Board of Ed, NYPL, and 1925 (March 1924–December 1925)
17. NYC Talks, Workers School, and Modern Quarterly (January–September 1926)
18. Lafayette Theatre Strike, Nigger Heaven, and Garvey Divorce (June–December 1926)
19. The Pittsburgh Courier and the Voice of the Negro (January–April 1927)
20. Last Months and Death (May–December 1927)

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