The Making of a Racist

"This unique blend of memoir and history interweaves autobiography with the history of the slave trade and the American South"--Provided by publisher.

Author: Charles B. Dew


ISBN: 9780813940397

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

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"This unique blend of memoir and history interweaves autobiography with the history of the slave trade and the American South"--Provided by publisher.

The Making of a Racist

A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade Charles B. Dew. University of Virginia Press © 2016 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America on ...

Author: Charles B. Dew

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813938880

Category: History

Page: 200

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In this powerful memoir, Charles Dew, one of America’s most respected historians of the South--and particularly its history of slavery--turns the focus on his own life, which began not in the halls of enlightenment but in a society unequivocally committed to segregation. Dew re-creates the midcentury American South of his childhood--in many respects a boy’s paradise, but one stained by Lost Cause revisionism and, worse, by the full brunt of Jim Crow. Through entertainments and "educational" books that belittled African Americans, as well as the living examples of his own family, Dew was indoctrinated in a white supremacy that, at best, was condescendingly paternalistic and, at worst, brutally intolerant. The fear that southern culture, and the "hallowed white male brotherhood," could come undone through the slightest flexibility in the color line gave the Jim Crow mindset its distinctly unyielding quality. Dew recalls his father, in most regards a decent man, becoming livid over a black tradesman daring to use the front, and not the back, door. The second half of the book shows how this former Confederate youth and descendant of Thomas Roderick Dew, one of slavery’s most passionate apologists, went on to reject his racist upbringing and become a scholar of the South and its deeply conflicted history. The centerpiece of Dew’s story is his sobering discovery of a price circular from 1860--an itemized list of humans up for sale. Contemplating this document becomes Dew’s first step in an exploration of antebellum Richmond’s slave trade that investigates the terrible--but, to its white participants, unremarkable--inhumanity inherent in the institution. Dew’s wish with this book is to show how the South of his childhood came into being, poisoning the minds even of honorable people, and to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades of her life to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grown-ups put so much hate in the children?"

Accounting for Slavery

For a reflection on another version of the Betts & Gregory price list and what it says about southern racism, see Charles B. Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (Charlottesville: ...

Author: Caitlin Rosenthal

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674241657

Category: History

Page: 313

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Caitlin Rosenthal explores quantitative management practices on West Indian and Southern plantations, showing how planter-capitalists built sophisticated organizations and used complex accounting tools. By demonstrating that business innovation can be a byproduct of bondage Rosenthal further erodes the false boundary between capitalism and slavery.

B H Roberts Moral Geography and the Making of a Modern Racist

... Out My Heart: Selections from the Journal of Frances E. Willard, 1855–96. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. Dew, Charles B. 2016. The Making of a Racist: a Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade.

Author: Clyde R. Forsberg Jr.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527578674

Category: Religion

Page: 355

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A transdisciplinary Mormon history, this book is a work of American religious history, theology, science history, and cultural and historical geography. It deconstructs the “race” creationism, White supremacy, and Christian imperialism of leading interwar Mormon theologian B.H. Roberts. Roberts hoped to introduce the front-rank post-Darwinian, scientific, and philosophical postulates of his time—polygeny, preadamitism, electromagnetism, idealism, the multiverse, infinity, and interstellar travel—to an increasingly fundamentalist Mormon establishment. Church authorities, however, including eventual “prophet” Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., proscribed and rejected Roberts’ modernist manuscript, The Truth, The, Way, The Life: An Elementary Treatise on Theology, circa 1930. Paradoxically, however, Roberts’ thinking appeared uncited in Smith’s 1954 theology, Man, His Origin and Destiny. Here, Smith accelerated Roberts’ racism toward African Americans, while reviling science, philosophy, and free thought. This book contextualizes all such fundamentalist Mormon thinking within today’s struggle for social and environmental justice, and especially the Black Lives Matter movement.

Unloose My Heart

A Personal Reckoning with the Twisted Roots of My Southern Family Tree Marcia Edwina Herman-Giddens ... Dew, Charles B. The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade.

Author: Marcia Edwina Herman-Giddens

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817321454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 287

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A deeply personal memoir that unearths a family history of racism, slaveholding, and trauma as well as love and sparks of delight Marcia Herman's family moved to Birmingham in 1946, when she was five years old, and settled in the steel-making city dense with smog and a rigid apartheid system. Marcia, a shy only child, struggled to fit in and understand this world, shadowed as it was by her mother's proud antebellum heritage. In 1966, weary of Alabama's toxic culture, Marcia and her young family left Birmingham and built a life in North Carolina. Later in life, Herman-Giddens resumed a search to find out what she did not know about her family history. Unloose My Heart interweaves the story of her youth and coming of age in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement together with this quest to understand exactly who and what her maternal ancestors were and her obligations as a white woman within a broader sense of American family. More than a memoir set against the backdrop of Jim Crow and the civil rights struggle, this is the work of a woman of conscience writing in the twenty-first century. Haunted by the past, Unloose My Heart is a journey of exploration and discovery, full of angst, sorrow, and yearning. Unearthing her forebears' centuries-long embrace of plantation slavery, Herman-Giddens dug deeply to parse the arrogance and cruelty necessary to be a slaveholder and the trauma and fear that ripple out in its wake. All this forced her to scrutinize the impact of this legacy in her life, as well as her debt to the enslaved people who suffered and were exploited at her ancestors' hands. But she also discovers lost connections, new cousins and friends, unexpected joys, and, eventually, a measure of peace in the process. With heartbreak, moments of grace, and an enduring sense of love, Unloose My Heart shines a light in the darkness and provides a model for a heartfelt reckoning with American history.

The Absolute End of Racism

Love is not the answer Everyone should read true-account books on racism, such as Dr. Dew's, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade, to fully understand the impact of slavery on our society ...

Author: Lou York

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 164544628X

Category: Social Science

Page: 174

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Racism is generally defined as a person of one race exhibiting superiority over a person of another race. The fallout of such behavior can range from disrespect to intimidation to outright violence. Why does this happen, and what would it take to prevent and stop racial incidents? In this observational analysis, York explores the array of issues that contribute to the problem, including failure to acknowledge the realities of racial employment and violence, failures in individual responsibilities, a lack of focus on our shared Americanism, and direct pot stirring for the purpose of political gain. The good news is that we can absolutely reverse elements of racism out of existence, particularly in view that politicism breeds far more hatred in twenty-first-century America than racism. So turn the book over, start reading, and take note of how you can individually make a difference.


The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family History and the Slave Trade. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016. Doddington, David Stefan. Contesting Slave Masculinity in the American South.

Author: H. D. Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1633887588

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Written by a clinical and forensic psychologist, Marse: A Psychological Portrait of the American Southern White Elite Slave Master and His Endurig Impact focuses on the white men who composed the southern planter class. The book is a psychological autopsy of the mind and slaveholding behavior that helps explain the enduring roots of white supremacy and the hidden wound of racist slavery that continues to affect all Americans today. Marse details and illuminates examples of the psychological mechanisms by which southern slave masters justified owning another human being as property and how they formed a society in which it was morally acceptable. Kirkpatrick uses forensic psychology to analyze the personality formation, defense mechanisms, and psychopathologies of slave masters. Their delusional beliefs and assumptions about black Africans extended to a forceful cohort of white slaveholding women, and they twisted Christianity to promote slavery as a positive good. He examines the masters’ stress and fears, and how they developed psychologically fatal, slavery-specific defense mechanisms to cope. Through sources such as diaries, letters, autobiographies, and sermons, Marse describes the ways in which slaveholders created a delusional worldview that sanctioned cruel instruments of punishment, and the laws and social policies of domination used to rob Blacks of their human rights. In light of the seismic shift in race relations our nation is experiencing right now, this book is timely because it will advance our understanding of the South’s self-defeating romance with racist slavery and its latent and chronic effects. The parallels between the psychology of antebellum slaveholding and today’s racism are palpable.

Williams Gang

March 3, 1853; Charles B. Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016), ch. 5; Thomas Williams to R. H. Dickinson & Brother, May 26, ...

Author: Jeff Forret

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108493033

Category: History

Page: 485

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Explores a Washington, DC slave trader's legal misadventures associated with transporting convict slaves through New Orleans.

Quest for the Unity of Knowledge

Charles B. Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (U Virginia P, 2016), 40–44; Ben Tillman quoted in Higginbotham, Shades of Freedom, 177. Smith, Color Line, 10; Theodore G. Bilbo, ...

Author: David Lowenthal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429876432

Category: Design

Page: 216

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Is unity of knowledge possible? Is it desirable? Two rival visions clash. One seeks a single way of explaining everything known and knowable about ourselves and the universe. The other champions diverse modes of understanding served by disparate kinds of evidence. Contrary views pit science against the arts and humanities. Scientists generally laud and seek convergence. Artists and humanists deplore amalgamation as a threat to humane values. These opposing perspectives flamed into hostility in the 1950s "Two Cultures" clash. They culminate today in new efforts to conjoin insights into physical nature and human culture, and new fears lest such syntheses submerge what the arts and humanities most value. This book, stemming from David Lowenthal’s inaugural Stockholm Archipelago Lectures, explores the Two Cultures quarrel’s underlying ideologies. Lowenthal shows how ingrained bias toward unity or diversity shapes major issues in education, religion, genetics, race relations, heritage governance, and environmental policy. Aimed at a general academic audience, Quest for the Unity of Knowledge especially targets those in conservation, ecology, history of ideas, museology, and heritage studies.

What the Eyes Can t See

“Slavery, 1825–1860,” exhibit of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Charles Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (Charlottesville: University ...

Author: Margaret Edds

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1643363530

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

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The transformation of Governor Ralph Northam Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's "blackface scandal" could have destroyed any politician. The photo of Governor Northam purportedly in blackface created a firestorm not only locally but also in every political sphere. What the Eyes Can't See details why Northam's career did not end with the scandal, and how it made him a better governor—and a better citizen. In this book Margaret Edds draws on unprecedented access to the governor, his aides, and members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, whose initial anger evolved into determination to mine good from an ugly episode. Both scolding and encouraging, they led Northam to a deeper understanding of the racism and pain the photograph symbolized. To Northam's credit, he listened, and more importantly learned the lessons of endemic, systemic racism and applied those lessons to his legislative agenda. Edds provides a revealing examination of race in the nation, how racism might be addressed and reckoned with, and how we all may find a measure of redemption in listening to one another.