The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

all the way through. Professor Simms says of Taylor that he
"was a genuine democrat," that he believed that a "due regard
for the rights of the states was the only principle that could pre-
vent discord," and that he "typified the agricultural ideals of the
old South."
The University of Texas. R. L. BIESELE.
Little Aleck: A Life of Alexander H. Stephens: The Fighting
Vice-President of the Confederacy. By E. Ramsay Rich-
ardson. (Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company,
1932. Pages xiv, 359. Illustrations. Price, $3.50.)
Beginning with a foreword expressing gratitude to persons, some
dead and some living, from whose works, notes, diaries, or papers
information was secured for writing this book, and relating the
arrest of Alexander H. Stephens after the Civil War, his impris-
onment in Fort Warren, and his return to Crawfordsville,
Georgia, in the first two chapters, the author then narrates the
life story of "Little Aleck." This biography of twenty-one chap-
ters traces the personal and political experiences of Alexander H.
Stephens through one of the most trying periods of our nation's
Stephens chose the law for his profession and at the age of
twenty-two, passed the bar examination in 1834 before Judge
William H. Crawford. A few days after this event he met Rob-
ert Toombs. "At once began the friendship which was to endure
through the triumphs and vicissitudes of the coming years
. . ." Although Stephens was "thoroughly indoctrinated with
the principle of state rights," he believed in preserving the Union
and respecting the Constitution. A study of the table of con-
tents and the index reveals how full the political life of Stephens
was. The author pictures the influence of Stephens on the poli-
tics of his state and on the questions affecting our nation's life-
the annexation of Texas, the Mexican War, the Compromise of
1850, the Kansas-Nebraska question, secession, the Civil War,
reconstruction. Just as Stephens began his political career in
his native state in 1836 as a member of the legislature, so he
ended it as governor of his state in 1883.


Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed April 18, 2014.