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

Book Reviews and Notices

This book is more than a biography. It is also a psycho-
analytical study, a fact which the careful reader will not escape
noticing. Stephens had to contend with disease his whole life
long. It gave him a "sense of inferiority . . . that caused
him . . . to resent the slightest insult to his integrity or to
his intellect." That he should have lived a year beyond the Bib-
lical three score years and ten may mean that he had the will to
live. Stephens-five feet ten and weighing less than a hun-
dred pounds-wished to make up with his intellect what he
lacked in stature and avoirdupois. He wanted that intellect to
be noticed and respected. He "wanted the world to acknowledge
his superiority, to defer to him, and to treat him with the re-
spect he craved." He could not stand criticism. Once when
Herschel V. Johnson refused to retract a criticism of Stephen's
speech charging Polk with sending Zachary Taylor into the dis-
puted territory beyond the Nueces with the "masked design" to
bring on war with Mexico, Stephens challenged Johnson to a
duel. Johnson's "dignified refusal" so offended Stephens that he
did not again speak to Johnson until 1855. The careful com-
bination of the psycho-analytical study with biography has made
the writer's story entertaining, all in all.
The University of Texas. R. L. BIEsELE.
The People's Party in Texas. A Study in Third Party Politics.
By Roscoe C. Martin. (Austin, Texas, The University of
Texas Press, 1933. Pages 280. Published as The Univer-
sity of Texas Bulletin No. 3308.)
The third party has nearly always been present in American
politics during the past hundred years, and has always been an
interesting subject in the study of government and history. One
of the strongest of these third parties was the People's Party,
which reached its greatest strength in the election of 1892. The
book here reviewed, published as Study No. 4 of the Bureau of
Research in the Social Sciences of the University of Texas, is
limited in its scope to the state of Texas because intensiveness
was "preferred over extensiveness."
The People's Party of Texas began with a movement in
Comanche County in 1886 "to purge the county offices of their

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