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September 2016 Book Talks

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade

The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Charles Dew, one of America's most respected historians of the South and slavery, will reflect on his powerful autobiography of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. He rejected his racist upbringing and became a scholar. His intent with The Making of a Racist is to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grownups put so much hate in the children?" The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk.


Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak about the selections he chose to include in Civil War Echoes and why the Civil War 150 Legacy Project collection is so important. Published as the final project of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Civil War Echoes captures the thoughts and feelings of men and women who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War using excerpts from letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life through the Commission-sponsored Civil War 150 Legacy Project . Copies of Civil War Echoes will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop at the Library, or by phone at 804-692-3524 or online at www.thevirginiashop.org for $19.95.


Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak about the selections he chose to include in Civil War Echoes and why the Civil War 150 Legacy Project collection is so important. Published as the final project of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Civil War Echoes captures the thoughts and feelings of men and women who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War using excerpts from letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life through the Commission-sponsored Civil War 150 Legacy Project . A reception will follow the book talk. Copies of Civil War Echoes will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop at the Library, or by phone at 804-692-3524 or online at www.thevirginiashop.org for $19.95.