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The Invention of the White Race

When: Sunday, June 9, 2013, 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

 "The Invention of the White Race"

Theodore W. Allen's two-volume 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 -- that the "white race" was invented in late 17th-early 18th century Virginia and Maryland as a ruling class social control formation in response to labor solidarity -- 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 Perry is an independent, working class scholar and author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press). He is also the Treasurer of Local 300, National Postal Mail Handlers Union. His website is


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