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Such activities as moonshining and fishing on Caddo Lake (and brushes
with the law on both counts) constitute the bulk of Moore's recollections.
There is some local history and folklore from the Karnack area, but Moore
is most articulate when he is talking about the lake, where he maintained
a camp from 1929 until 1943. The book's narrow focus may frustrate
readers who want a broader social history of East Texas, but the material
on Moore's outdoor pursuits is lively and thorough.
For the final section of the book, "Building the Last Caddo Bateau,"
Moore and a local carpenter built in one day an example of the flat-
bottomed plank pirogue variant once common on Caddo Lake. Oral
historians Thad Sitton (of Austin) and James H. Conrad (of East Texas
State University) and a photographer documented the procedure step-
by-step, and it is presented through narrative, Moore's comments,
photographs, and diagrams. The documentation may well preserve a dying
craft.
Every Sun That Rises is enhanced by a fine introduction, historical
photographs of Moore, and haunting black-and-white photographs of Cad-
do Lake. Its limited subject matter notwithstanding, it is an excellent ex-
ample of the value of firsthand recollections.
Baylor University Institute for Oral History M. REBECCA SHARPLESS
Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, Historian of the Old South. By Merton L. Dillon. (Baton
Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985. Pp. xiii + 190.
Acknowledgments, introduction, notes, photographs, bibliography,
index. $20.)
Merton L. Dillon's welcome contribution to the Southern Biography
Series is the first published life of Georgia native Ulrich B. Phillips
(1877 - 1934), the pioneer historian of plantation slavery and the
slaveholding elite in the Old South. Phillips, after receiving his doctorate
from Columbia in 1902, embarked on a career that, though foreshortened
by cancer at the age of fifty-seven, "is one of the century's great pro-
fessorial success stories" (pp. 2 - 3). His marriage in 1911 to patrician
Lucie Mayo-Smith of New York brought him a wife with not only self-
confidence and ambition to rival his own, but inherited wealth sufficient
to avoid "the scrimping and the shabby gentility that often marked the
lives of young academics" (p. 77). While he taught in succession at Wiscon-
sin, Tulane, Michigan, and Yale, Phillips's disciplined enthusiasm for
research and publication broke new ground in southern economic and
social history. His most influential monographs, American Negro Slavery
(1918) and Life and Labor in the Old South (1929), won prizes and acclaim.
Soon after his death, however, Phillips's scholarship fell into temporary

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