The Making of a Racist: Reflections on a Historian, the South, and the Slave Trade

By Charles Dew ’58, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History. University of Virginia Press, August 2016.

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?”