The Making of a Racist

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 ...

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: 295

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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.

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: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

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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.

From Here to Equality Second Edition

See Charles B. Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016), 101–2. 75. See “University of South Carolina Reconstruction Records,” ...

Author: William A. Darity Jr.

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469671212

Category: Social Science

Page: 443

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Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. But neither Reconstruction nor the New Deal nor the civil rights struggle led to an economically just and fair nation. Today, systematic inequality persists in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, and massive wealth and opportunity gaps. Economic data indicates that for every dollar the average white household holds in wealth the average black household possesses a mere ten cents. This compelling and sharply argued book addresses economic injustices head-on and make the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery. Using innovative methods that link monetary values to historical wrongs, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen assess the literal and figurative costs of justice denied in the 155 years since the end of the Civil War and offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program, including a substantial payment to each documented U.S. black descendant of slavery. This new edition features a new foreword addressing the latest developments on the local, state, and federal level and considering current prospects for a comprehensive reparations program.

The Fetish Revisited

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. Dikötter, Frank. 1997. The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan.

Author: J. Lorand Matory

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478002433

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, European social critics have invoked African gods as metaphors for misplaced value and agency, using the term “fetishism” chiefly to assert the irrationality of their fellow Europeans. Yet, as J. Lorand Matory demonstrates in The Fetish Revisited, Afro-Atlantic gods have a materially embodied social logic of their own, which is no less rational than the social theories of Marx and Freud. Drawing on thirty-six years of fieldwork in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, Matory casts an Afro-Atlantic eye on European theory to show how Marx’s and Freud’s conceptions of the fetish both illuminate and misrepresent Africa’s human-made gods. Through this analysis, the priests, practices, and spirited things of four major Afro-Atlantic religions simultaneously call attention to the culture-specific, materially conditioned, physically embodied, and indeed fetishistic nature of Marx’s and Freud’s theories themselves. Challenging long-held assumptions about the nature of gods and theories, Matory offers a novel perspective on the social roots of these tandem African and European understandings of collective action, while illuminating the relationship of European social theory to the racism suffered by Africans and assimilated Jews alike.

Apostles of Disunion

Charles B. Dew, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade (Charlottesville, 2016). 6. Betts & Gregory, Auctioneers, price list and market report, Aug. 2, 1860, broadside in Chapin Library, ...

Author: Charles B. Dew

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813939453

Category: History

Page: 168

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Charles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion has established itself as a modern classic and an indispensable account of the Southern states’ secession from the Union. Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century and a half after the Civil War, the book offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were at the heart of our great national crisis. The fifteen years since the original publication of Apostles of Disunion have seen an intensification of debates surrounding the Confederate flag and Civil War monuments. In a powerful new afterword to this anniversary edition, Dew situates the book in relation to these recent controversies and factors in the role of vast financial interests tied to the internal slave trade in pushing Virginia and other upper South states toward secession and war.