Forwarded from Jeff Perry (book announcement)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sat May 5 08:27:10 MDT 2001

Book Announcement

This is to notify you of the publication of:

A Hubert Harrison Reader, edited with introduction and notes by Jeffrey B.
Perry, Wesleyan University Press, 496 pp., 4 illus., 7 x 10, May 2001,
paperback ISBN 0-8195-6470-2 $24.95, cloth ISBN 0-8195-6469-9 $70.00

The St. Croix, Virgin Islands-born Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), known as
"the father of Harlem radicalism," was a brilliant writer, orator,
educator, critic, and political activist in New York in the 1910s and
1920s. Historian J. A. Rogers in World’s Great Men of Color, refers to
Harrison as "the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time" and (amid
chapters on Booker T. Washington, William Monroe Trotter, W. E. B. Du Bois,
and Marcus Garvey) emphasizes that "none of the Afro-American leaders of
his time had a saner and more effective program." During the 1910s and
1920s Harrison was a major influence on A. Philip Randolph, Garvey, and a
generation of World War I-era activists and "common people." He is one of
the truly important, yet neglected, figures of early twentieth-century

This individually introduced and annotated collection of one hundred
thirty-eight articles offers a comprehensive presentation of Harrison’s
writings on class and race consciousness, the labor movement, the New Negro
movement, religion, education, politics, Black leadership and leaders,
international events, Caribbean topics, the Virgin Islands, literature and
literary criticism, and the Black theater. Historian Ernest Allen, Jr.,
emphasizes that this work will "change the way we tend to look at Black
thought generally in this period."

The book is distributed for Wesleyan University Press by the University
Press of New England and a catalogue description and ordering information
are available at
. A brief excerpt from the book's introduction is available at at  .

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