Ulrich Bonnell Phillips

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, 1877–1934, American historian, an authority on the antebellum South, b. La Grange, Ga. After teaching at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1902–8), he was professor of history and political science at Tulane Univ. (1908–11) and then professor of American history at the Univ. of Michigan (1911–29) and at Yale (1929–34). His doctoral dissertation, Georgia and State Rights (1902), received the Justin Winsor Prize from the American Historical Association. Phillips's works are distinguished by vast research and also by a fine literary style. American Negro Slavery (1918), which was long the standard work on the subject, is generally sympathetic to the slaveholders. Life and Labor in the Old South (1929) remains the classic account of the antebellum society and economy.

See W. H. Stephenson, The South Lives in History (1955, repr. 1969).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips: Selected full-text books and articles

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips: A Southern Historian and His Critics By John David Smith; John C. Inscoe Greenwood Press, 1990
The Course of the South to Secession: An Interpretation By Ulrich Bonnell Phillips; E. Merton Coulter D. Appleton, 1939
Life and Labor in the Old South By Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Little, Brown, 1929
The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, 1919-1945 By Daniel Joseph Singal University of North Carolina Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Ulrich B. Phillips: The Old South as the New"
A Rage for Order: Black/White Relations in the American South since Emancipation By Joel Williamson Oxford University Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips begins on p. 197
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