A Hubert Harrison Reader
Jeffrey B. Perry, ed., Hubert Harrison

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Acknowledgments

• Brief Chronology of the Life of Hubert Harrison
• Abbreviations Used
• A Note on Usage
• Introduction
• A Developing Worldview and Beginning Social Activism
• A Product of Black Working-Class Intellectual Circles In New York
• 1. A Negro On Chicken Stealing
• 2. Pledge to the Mother Race from an Untamed African
• 3. Plan to Write a “History of the Negro in America”
• Free thought
• 4. Letter to Mrs. Frances Reynolds Keyser
• 5. Paine’s Place in the Deistical Movement
• 6. The Negro a Conservative
• The Press
• 7. The Negro and the Newspapers
• Class Radicalism
• Socialism
• 8. The Negro and Socialism: I – The Negro Problem Stated
• 9. Race Prejudice – II
• 10. The Duty of the Socialist Party
• 11. How to Do It – And How Not
• 12. The Black Man’s Burden (I)
• 13. The Black Man’s Burden (II)
• 14. Socialism and the Negro
• 15 Southern Socialists and the Ku Klux Klan
• The Labor Movement
• 16. The Negro and the Labor Unions
• 17. The Negro in Industry, review of The Great Steel Strike and Its Lessons by William Z. Foster
• Race Radicalism
• The Liberty League and The Voice
• 18 The Liberty League of Negro Americans: How It Came to Be
• 19. Resolutions [Passed at the Liberty League Meeting]
• 20. Declaration of Principles [of the Liberty League]
• 21. 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
• 22. The East St. Louis Horror
• 23. Houston Vs. Waco
• The New Negro
• 24. As the Currents Flow
• 25. Our Larger Duty
• 26. The Need for it [and the Nature of It]
• 27. Two Negro Radicalisms
• 28. The Women of Our Race
• 29. In The Melting Pot (re Herodotus)
• The Negro World
• 30. Race First versus Class First
• 31. Just Crabs
• 32. Patronize Your Own
• 33. An Open Letter to the Socialist Party of New York City
• The Boston Chronicle and the Voice of the Negro
• 34. Race Consciousness
• Education
• 35. Negro Culture and the Negro College
• 36. Education and the Race
• 37. English as She Is Spoke
• 38. Education out of School
• 39. Read! Read! Read!
• Politics
• Lincoln and Liberty
• 40. Lincoln and Liberty: Fact Versus Fiction; Chapter Two
• 41. Lincoln and Liberty: Fact Versus Fiction; Chapter Three
• “New Negro” Politics
• 42. The Drift In Politics
• 43. The New Policies for the New Negro
• 44. The Coming Election
• 45. Our Professional “Friends”
• Politics in the 1920s
• 46. A Negro for President
• 47. U-Need-a-Biscuit
• 48. The Grand Old Party
• 49. When the Tail Wags the Dog
• 50. Our Political Power
• 51. The Black Tide Turns in Politics
• Leaders and Leadership
• On Booker T. Washington
• 52. Insistence upon Its Real Grievances the Only Course for the Race
• The Liberty Congress and W. E. B. DuBois
• 53. The Liberty Congress
• 54. The Descent of Dr. DuBois
• 55. When the Blind Lead
• Problems of Leadership
• 56. To The Young Men of My Race
• 57. Shillady Resigns
• 58. A Tender Point
• 59. Our White Friends
• Time as Editor of the Negro World and Comments on Marcus Garvey
• 60. Connections with the Garvey Movement
• 61. On Garvey’s Character and Abilities
• 62. The UNIA Convention
• 63. Convention Bill Of Rights and Elections
• 64. Marcus Garvey at the Bar of United States Justice
• 65. The Negro American Speaks
• Anti-imperialism and Internationalism
• The Great War
• 66. The White War and the Colored World
• The White War and the Colored Races
• The Paris Peace Congress
• 68. The Negro at the Peace Congress
• 69. Africa at the Peace Table
• 70. Britain In India
• 71. When Might Makes Right
• 72. The Line-Up on the Color Line
• 73. On “Civilizing Africa”
• 74. Imperialist America, review of The American Empire by Scott Nearing
• 75. Wanted- A Colored International
• Disarmament and the Washington Conference
• 76. The Washington Conference
• 77. Disarmament and the Darker Races
• The Caribbean
• 78. Help Wanted for Hayti
• 79. The Cracker in the Caribbean
• 80. Hands across the Sea
• The Virgin Islands
• 81. A St. Croix Creole, letter to the Evening Post
• 82. The Virgin Islands: A Colonial Problem
• Caribbean Peoples in the United States
• 83. Prejudice Growing Less and Co-operation More
• 84. Hubert Harrison Answers Malliet
• Meditations
• 85. Goodwill Towards Men
• 86. Meditation: “Heroes and Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in Human History”
• 87. The Meditations of Mustapha: A Soul in Search of Itself
• 88. On Praise
• Lynching, the Klan, “Race Relations,” and “Democracy in America”
• 89. A Cure for the Ku Klux
• 90. Ku Klux Klan in the Past
• 91. How to End Lynching
• 92. The Negro and the Census
• 93. Bridging the Gulf of Color
• 94. At the Back of the Black Man’s Mind
• 95. “Democracy” in America
• 96. The Negro and the Nation
• Literary Criticism, Book Reviews, and Book Reviewing
• 97. Views of Readers on Criticism: Mr. H.H. Harrison Reiterates His Theories
• 98. On a Certain Condescension in White Publishers [Part I]
• 99. On a Certain Condescension in White Publishers (Concluded)
• 100. Review of Term of Peace and the Darker Races by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen
• 101. The Negro in History and Civilization, review of From Superman to Man by J.A. Rogers
• 102. White People versus Negroes: Being the Story of a Great Book (from Superman to Man by J.A Rogers
• 103. Review of The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Lothrop Stoddard
• 104. The Rising Tide of Color
• 105. The Brown Man Leads The Way, Part I, review of The New World of Islam by Lothrop Stoddard
• 106. The Brown Man Leads The Way, Part I, review of The New World of Islam by Lothrop Stoddard (concluding part)
• 107. Review of Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois
• 108. Review of The Negro Year Book, 1918-1919 edited by Monroe N. Work
• 109. The Superscientist, review of The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays by Thorstein Veblen
• 110. The Black Man’s Burden, {review of The Black Man’s Burden by E.D. Morel}
• 111. The Caucasian Canker in South Africa, review of The Real South Africa by Ambrose Pratt
• 112. M. Maran’s Batouala
• 113. The Southern Black- As Seen by the Eye of Fiction, review of Highly Colored by Octavus Roy Cohen
• 114. The Real Negro Humor
• 115. Negro Church history: A Book of It Badly Marred by Neglect of the Race Foundation, review of The History of the Negro Church by Carter G. Woodson
• 116. Negro’s Part in History, review of The Negro in Our History by Carter G. Woodson
• 117. Homo Africanus Harlemi, review of Nigger Heaven by Carl Van Vechten
• 118. Nigger Heaven A Review of the Reviewers
• 119. No Negro Literary Renaissance
• 120. Cabaret School of Negro Literature and Art
• 121. Harlem’s Neglected Opportunities
• 122. Review of The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon
• 123. Satyricon of Petronius, letter to the New York Times
• 124. On Reading Negro Books
• 125. Hayti Finds a Friend: Black Hayti: A Biography of Africa’s Eldest Daughter.
• Theater Reviews
• 126. Negro Society and the Negro Stage, Preamble
• 127. Negro Society and the Negro Stage, Part 2
• 128. Canary Cottage: A Dramatic Opinion
• 129. The Emperor Jones
• 130. The Negro Actor on Broadway: A critical Interpretation by a Negro Critic
• Poets and Poetry
• 131. The Black Man’s Burden ( a reply to Rudyard Kipling)
• 132. Another Negro Poet
• 133. Poetry of Claude McKay
• 134. Black Bards of Yesterday and Today, review of The Book of American Negro Poetry, selected and edited by James Weldom Johnson
• The International Colored Unity League and the Way Forward
• 135. Program and Principles of the International Colored Unity League
• 136. The Right Way to Unity
• 137. The Common People
• 138. The Roots of Po




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