Ulrich Bonnell Phillips: A Southern Historian and His Critics

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips: A Southern Historian and His Critics

by John C. Inscoe, John David Smith


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One of the most controversial historians of the American South, Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, has been the object of intense scholarly interest for nearly seventy-five years. His contributions to our knowledge of the social and economic aspects of slavery—along with his well-known racial and class biases—have been discussed extensively. This anthology represents the best work on Phillips published between 1913 and 1986.

The senior editor's introduction examines Phillips' role in the transition to the new social and economic approach that characterizes contemporary historiography. Twenty-six essays and excerpts by recognized authorities assess various aspects of Phillips's writings and career, including his background and training, regional and racial prejudices, methodology, and the historical genres in which he worked. A brief interpretive introduction prefaces each chapter. A chronological listing of the critical literature on Phillips completes the volume. Reflecting the vast scope of Phillips's contributions and his pervasive influence in the field, this collection is pertinent to studies in southern history, historiography, Afro-American history, and the history of race relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313268144
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/20/1990
Series: Studies in Historiography Series , #1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)

About the Author

JOHN DAVID SMITH is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Window on the War (1976), Black Slavery in the Americas (Greenwood Press, 1982) An Old Creed for the New South (Greenwood Press, 1985) and The Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery (Greenwood Press, 1988).

JOHN C. INSCOE is editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Georgia. In 1988-89 he served as visiting editor of the Journal of Southern History and is the author of Mountain Masters, Slavery, and the Seasonal Crisis in Western North Carolina and numerous articles on slavery and race relations.

Table of Contents


A Chronology of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips's Life and Career


The Southerner

The Progressive

The Racist

The Scientific Historian

The Social and Economic Historian

The Political Historian



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