Throughout the journal, the editor, in appendices and annota-
tions, has made careful emendations and minute collation with
other sources, manuscript and published. Facility in the use of
the volume might be increased by the addition of a map of the
cruise drawn from the detailed arrival and departure tables, and
by placing footnotes on the page containing the extent explained
A History of the South, 1,607-1936. By William B. Hesseltine.
Fifth publication Prentice-Hall Historical Series; Carl
Wittke, editor. (New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1936.
Pp. xiii, 748. $5.00.)
Professor Hesseltine submits a single-volume synthesis of South-
ern development. It is a comprehensive treatment which is given
the high compliment that the scholar will find therein what we
would expect to find under the title. The author affects no novel
departure in composition and pretends no new "viewpoints." The
book is an admirably adapted text for the second or third college
years and the splendidly selected bibliography makes it a valuable
guide for research students.
The publication of a history of a section must be justified by
the play it makes upon sectional localisms, characteristics, and
differentials. The writer has indicated the relations of the South
to other sections of the Union and at the same time has distin-
guished his section by isolating its political, social, and economic
peculiarity and particularism. It is regretted that Professor
Hesseltine was brief in his detail and exposition of the dominant
changes and trends in recent Southern history; that is, since 1876.
The inequities of the contemporary Southern social and economic
order are more apparent to the writer than to inured Southerners.
Professor Hesseltine likewise detects an attitude of self-pity and
an inferiority complex in the South which have resisted too stub-
bornly the attacks of industrialization and education. The "lost
cause" tradition persists. However, he suggests that the growing
tendency of self-criticism has overcome the provincialism and cul-
tural backwardness to an extent.
It must be admitted that it requires smugness and a rather
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