Hubert Harrison Reader

ISBN-10: 0819564702

ISBN-13: 9780819564702

Edition: 2001

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The brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and activist Hubert Harrison (1883 - 1927) is one of the truly important, yet neglected, figures of early twentieth-century America. Known as "the father of Harlem radicalism,' and a leading Socialist party speaker who advocated that socialists champion the cause of the Negro as a revolutionary doctrine, Harrison had an important influence on a generation of race and class radicals, including Marcus Garvey and A. Philip Randolph. Harrison envisioned a socialism that had special appeal to African-Americans, and he affirmed the duty of socialists to oppose race-based oppression. Despite high praise from his contemporaries, Harrison's legacy has largely been neglected. This reader redresses the imbalance; Harrison's essays, editorials, reviews, letters, and diary entries offer a profound, and often unique, analysis of issues, events and individuals of early twentieth-century America. His writings also provide critical insights and counterpoints to the thinking of W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey. The reader is organized thematically to highlight Harrison's contributions to the debates on race, class, culture, and politics of his time. The writings span Harrison's career and the evolution of his thought, and include extensive political writings, editorials, meditations, reviews of theater and poetry, and deeply evocative social commentary.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 6/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 505
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent scholar and author of the first critical biography of Harrison.

Brief Chronology of the Life of Hubert Harrison
Abbreviations Used
A Note on Usage
A Developing Worldview and Beginning Social Activism
A Product of Black Working-Class Intellectual Circles In New York
A Negro On Chicken Stealing
Pledge to the Mother Race from an Untamed African
Plan to Write a "History of the Negro in America"
Free thought
Letter to Mrs. Frances Reynolds Keyser
Paine's Place in the Deistical Movement
The Negro a Conservative
The Press
The Negro and the Newspapers
Class Radicalism
The Negro and Socialism: I - The Negro Problem Stated
Race Prejudice - II
The Duty of the Socialist Party
How to Do It - And How Not
The Black Man's Burden (I)
The Black Man's Burden (II)
Socialism and the Negro
Southern Socialists and the Ku Klux Klan
The Labor Movement
The Negro and the Labor Unions
The Negro in Industry, review of The Great Steel Strike and Its Lessons
Race Radicalism
The Liberty League and The Voice
The Liberty League of Negro Americans: How It Came to Be
Resolutions [Passed at the Liberty League Meeting]
Declaration of Principles [of the Liberty League]
The Liberty League's Petition to the House of Representatives of the United States, July 4, 1917
East St. Louis, Houston and Armed Self-Defense
The East St. Louis Horror
Houston Vs. Waco
The New Negro
As the Currents Flow
Our Larger Duty
The Need for it [and the Nature of It]
Two Negro Radicalisms
The Women of Our Race
In The Melting Pot (re Herodotus)
The Negro World
Race First versus Class First
Just Crabs
Patronize Your Own
An Open Letter to the Socialist Party of New York City
The Boston Chronicle and the Voice of the Negro
Race Consciousness
Negro Culture and the Negro College
Education and the Race
English as She Is Spoke
Education out of School
Read! Read! Read!
Lincoln and Liberty
Lincoln and Liberty: Fact Versus Fiction; Chapter Two
Lincoln and Liberty: Fact Versus Fiction; Chapter Three
"New Negro" Politics
The Drift In Politics
The New Policies for the New Negro
The Coming Election
Our Professional "Friends"
Politics in the 1920s
A Negro for President
The Grand Old Party
When the Tail Wags the Dog
Our Political Power
The Black Tide Turns in Politics
Leaders and Leadership
On Booker T. Washington
Insistence upon Its Real Grievances the Only Course for the Race
The Liberty Congress and W. E. B. DuBois
The Liberty Congress
The Descent of Dr. DuBois
When the Blind Lead
Problems of Leadership
To The Young Men of My Race
Shillady Resigns
A Tender Point
Our White Friends
Time as Editor of the Negro World and Comments on Marcus Garvey
Connections with the Garvey Movement
On Garvey's Character and Abilities
The UNIA Convention
Convention Bill Of Rights and Elections
Marcus Garvey at the Bar of United States Justice
The Negro American Speaks
Anti-imperialism and Internationalism
The Great War
The White War and the Colored World
The White War and the Colored Races
The Paris Peace Congress
The Negro at the Peace Congress
Africa at the Peace Table
Britain In India
When Might Makes Right
The Line-Up on the Color Line
On "Civilizing Africa"
Imperialist America, review of The American Empire by Scott Nearing
Wanted- A Colored International
Disarmament and the Washington Conference
The Washington Conference
Disarmament and the Darker Races
The Caribbean
Help Wanted for Hayti
The Cracker in the Caribbean
Hands across the Sea
The Virgin Islands
A St. Croix Creole, letter to the Evening Post
The Virgin Islands: A Colonial Problem
Caribbean Peoples in the United States
Prejudice Growing Less and Co-operation More
Hubert Harrison Answers Malliet
Goodwill Towards Men
Meditation: "Heroes and Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in Human History"
The Meditations of Mustapha: A Soul in Search of Itself
On Praise
Lynching, the Klan, "Race Relations," and "Democracy in America"
A Cure for the Ku Klux
Ku Klux Klan in the Past
How to End Lynching
The Negro and the Census
Bridging the Gulf of Color
At the Back of the Black Man's Mind
"Democracy" in America
The Negro and the Nation
Literary Criticism, Book Reviews, and Book Reviewing
Views of Readers on Criticism: Mr. H.H. Harrison Reiterates His Theories
On a Certain Condescension in White Publishers [Part I]
On a Certain Condescension in White Publishers (Concluded)
Review of Term of Peace and the Darker Races
The Negro in History and Civilization, review of From Superman to Man
White People versus Negroes: Being the Story of a Great Book (from Superman to Man
Review of The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
The Rising Tide of Color
The Brown Man Leads The Way, Part I, review of The New World of Islam
The Brown Man Leads The Way, Part I, review of The New World of Islam
Review of Darkwater
Review of The Negro Year Book, 1918-1919 edited
The Superscientist, review of The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays
The Black Man's Burden, {review of The Black Man's Burden
The Caucasian Canker in South Africa, review of The Real South Africa
M. Maran's Batouala
The Southern Black- As Seen by the Eye of Fiction, review of Highly Colored
The Real Negro Humor
Negro Church history: A Book of It Badly Marred by Neglect of the Race Foundation, review of The History of the Negro Church
Negro's Part in History, review of The Negro in Our History
Homo Africanus Harlemi, review of Nigger Heaven
Nigger Heaven A Review of the Reviewers
No Negro Literary Renaissance
Cabaret School of Negro Literature and Art
Harlem's Neglected Opportunities
Review of The Story of Mankind
Satyricon of Petronius, letter to the New York Times
On Reading Negro Books
Hayti Finds a Friend: Black Hayti: A Biography of Africa's Eldest Daughter.
Theater Reviews
Negro Society and the Negro Stage, Preamble
Negro Society and the Negro Stage, Part 2
Canary Cottage: A Dramatic Opinion
The Emperor Jones
The Negro Actor on Broadway: A critical Interpretation by a Negro Critic
Poets and Poetry
The Black Man's Burden ( a reply to Rudyard Kipling)
Another Negro Poet
Poetry of Claude McKay
Black Bards of Yesterday and Today, review of The Book of American Negro Poetry, selected and edited
The International Colored Unity League and the Way Forward
Program and Principles of the International Colored Unity League
The Right Way to Unity
The Common People
The Roots of Power
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