The Government of the People of the State of Texas. By George
Pierce Garrison, Ph. D., Professor of History, University of
Texas. Philadelphia: Eldredge and Brother. 1898. Pp. 160.
That education is the guaranty of good government is almost
axiomatic. That instruction should have a direct reference to the
duties of citizenship begins to be recognized. Knowledge of gen-
eral principles of political economy 'and ,of the broad outlines of
constitutional law is no longer considered ample equipment for the
citizen. He is of the government. It his duty land right to know
In his "Civil Government of Texas," Dr. Garrison has performed
a most valuable service to the cause -of education in the State, and
has furnished a model to be followed in 'other States. The book is
designed for use in the public schools, and is admirably adapted to
that purpose; few people are, however, -so well informed concerning
the history ,of Texas, and the details of her government, that a care-
ful study would be without profit to them.
'The suggestive preface is followed by a short historical sketch of
Texas. This part 'of the work shows great discrimination in the
selection of material, and excellent taste and judgment in its dispo-
The body of the book is devoted to an exposition of the govern-
ment -of Texas. An outline of all the departments and divisions
and agencies of the State is given, 'and their several functions are
defined. Concise statements are made concerning the duties of
State, county, and municipal officers. The duties and privileges
of citizenship are set forth, the more general principles of adminis-
trative law are mentioned, and attention is directed to some of the
characteristic features of Texas jurisprudence. Nothing appears to
be omitted which would seem properly to belong to such an outline.
The whole is 'concisely, clearly, and accurately stated and logically
arranged. The author suggests in his preface that the purpose kept
steadily in view had been to give "a description of the origin and
growth of the State of Texas and the present working of its gov-
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101011/. Accessed January 27, 2015.