Charles Dew is one of our wisest and most humane historians. - Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond
The Making of a Racist provides a searching and brave account of the honeyed pathway to race hatred, the bracing disorientation of learning better, and the haunting, guilty sense of having been there, and knowing that so many have stayed behind. - Walter Johnson, Harvard University
"I have been doing my best to make sense of southern history for as long as I can remember. Trying to understand my native region has been the central reoccupation of the intellectual life almost since I learned to read, and, even before that, the South and race were presented to me in the stories my mother read to me . . . ." After over 50 years of teaching southern history, sharing stories from his childhood and early adulthood, and discussing the process of his upbringing with students, Charles Dew has written a "strange combination of autobiography and history," which he hopes brings something hat helps the reader understand how the South of his day came into being and something that helps explain the racism that for far too long has poisoned the atmosphere of the place where he was born and raised.
With notes and index.