The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907

Book Reviews and Notices. 281
Acts," covering nineteen pages of matter, chiefly proper names,
which would be more usefully arranged in alphabetical order.
P. L. W.
Westward Extension, 1841-1850. By George Pierce Garrison,
Ph. D., Professor of History, University of Texas. (New York
and London: Harper and Brothers. 1906. Pp. xiv, 366).
A few years ago a plan for a general history of the United States
was formulated by Professor A. B. Hart, of Harvard University,
and others, which contemplated a series of volumes to be prepared
under the general editorship of Professor Hart, by specialists upon
particular features of our country's history, the idea being to select
men with reference to their peculiar fitness for the particular sub-
jects and epochs involved.
Dr. Garrison's services were secured for the period above men-
tioned, and this volume is the result. What is known as the west-
ward movement had been going on in 'the United States ever since
the first frontiersman crossed the Alleghanies. It continued unin-
terruptedly notwithstanding strenuous opposition to it in the north-
eastern section of the Union. The main historical interest of the
movement centered in the region south of 'the Ohio River -and south-
westwardly for reasons mentioned by Mr. Roosevelt in his "Win-
ning of the West." He says, "The way in which the 'southern part
of our western country, that is, all the land south of the Ohio river,
and from thence on to the Rio Grande and Pacific, was won and
settled, stands quite alone. The region north of it was filled up
in a very different manner. The Southwest, including what was
once called, simply, the West, and afterwards the Middle West, was
won by the people themselves, acting as individuals and groups of
individuals, who hewed out their own fortunes in advance of any
governmental action.
On the other hand, the Northwest, speaking broadly, was acquired
by the government, the settlers merely taking possession of what
the government guaranteed them. * * * North of the Ohio
the regular army went first. The settlements grew up behind the
Federal troops of Harmar, St. Clair, and Wayne and their suc-
cessors, even to our own day.
The wars in which the borderers themselves bore any part, were

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