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Published: Nov 15 2012
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Patricia Bellis Bixel and John David Smith
Patricia Bellis Bixel is an associate professor of history and chair of the Department of Arts and Sciences at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. A former assistant editor for the Journal of Southern History, Bixel is coauthor of Galveston and the 1900 Storm and author of Sailing Ship Elissa.
John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His previous books include Ulrich Bonnell Phillips: A Southern Historian and His Critics; An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865–1918; and Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and "The American Negro," winner of the Mayflower Society Award for Nonfiction in 2000.
"Bixel and Smith open many paths to inquiry by revealing and expanding a unique archive, initiating its interpretation, and suggesting rich avenues for continued research related to the historian, the photograph, and the archive."—Journal of Southern History
"U. B. Phillips has long been recognized for his pioneering work in collecting and publishing a wide range of written materials on the Old South. Thanks to the research of Bixel and Smith, we now know that he also collected photographic documentation and used it not only in his classic Life and Labor in the Old South but also in his public lectures. The introduction and chapters here summarize Phillips's broader contribution to historiography and interpret how he made use of photographic evidence. Reprinting eighty-seven of his photographs, the authors show us how to 'read' the images and insightfully discuss the subject matter Phillips was most concerned to picture"—John B. Boles, Rice University
"What a tour de force! Both Bixel and Smith are incisive historiographical students as well as imaginative interpreters of photographs. Together they take the unlikely source of the conservative Ulrich Bonnell Phillips and demonstrate that in his collected photographs there is a useful—indeed at times poignant and sensitive—social notation concerning African Americans, to say nothing of the 'anthropological or sociological' development in his later years of an understanding of black life in different regions of the South. The images as presented in this handsome volume are aesthetically inspiring as well as historically instructive. All hail this fine team of historians and what they have shown us in Seeing the New South."—John Herbert Roper, Sr., Emory & Henry College
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