The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Mexicans. . . .The Mexicans soon observed this and began
to suspect that the colonists would some day try to take Texas
away from them." This same spirit of fairness is exemplified on
pages 127 to 1.28, relative to FPannin's surrender at Coleto. "The
first article of this document [the capitulation] declares that the
Texans agreed to surrender unconditionally, while the third says
that they surrendered as prisoners of war subject to the disposi-
tion of the supreme government of Mexico." This in no way
seeks to justify the Goliad massacre which followed the agreement,
but it does Santa Anna the justice of giving him technical, legal
right in the matter.
Again, the part of Texas in the Civil War is developed with
unusual clearness and fairness, while the period of reconstruc-
tion is dealt with in the same broad spirit. Near the close of the
book is a profitable discussion of the recent material and educa-
tional growth of the State.
It is another stated purpose of the authors "to make it a thor-
oughly useful tool in the hands of the teacher." In pursuance of
this aim an unusual amount of "helps" is given. For example,
in Appendix II, suggestions are made to the teacher as to the
presentation of. each separate chapter and a well chosen bibli-
ography for each chapter is included in the same appendix. In
Appendix III is a complete outline of the book by the authors
themselves. Appendix IV consists of a list of Presidents and
Governors, with the dates of their administration. Finally, in
this connection, each chapter is concluded with a summary, a list
of wholesome questions, and a suitable bibliography for children.
It is difficult to pass fair judgment upon a text-book without
having put it to actual test in the class room, but if the accepted
characteristics of successful history writing are sound, then this
book ought to have generous treatment at the hands of the school
public. J. A. HILL.
Texas . . . by Milam . . From several references in
the Lamar papers and from internal evidence it appears that Texas
by Milam . (Philadelphia, 1839) was written
by Henry Thompson, a lawyer of Houston, who had early in
Lamar's administration been the President's private secretary.


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