The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

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conclusion on an interpretation of trivia of personal nature involv-
ing the relations of the gentlemen concerned.
In the second half of the book, Dr. Lambert treats Whig devel-
opments perfunctorily and follows the traditional interpretations
of them. Only about one-fourth of his citations are to Whig
sources, and he even has Clay delivering a speech at Lexington in
March, 1844, when he was actually in Alabama. However, in his
account of the Democratic national convention of 1844 and its
antecedents, drawn principally from the Van Buren Papers, Dr.
Lambert has made a definite contribution to the literature of
political technique. The concluding chapter on the campaign of
1844 is a literary anticlimax and conventional history, following
the school which minimizes the influence of the Texas annexation
issue on the outcome of the contest. A consecutive account of the
inception and development of that issue is lacking. Dr. Lambert
holds it "quite possible, and altogether probable, too" that Clay
and Van Buren came to an understanding on the annexation ques-
tion during Van Buren's visit to Ashland in 1842, but presents
no evidence to support the conclusion.
Dr. Lambert's organization is rather confused, especially in the
maintenance of the time sequence. In that respect the confusion
is accentuated by his reduction of citations of correspondence to
page references to the bound manuscripts or published volumes.
This method of citation also handicaps the critic in appraising
Dr. Lambert's use of his sources, since the text also often fails to
indicate the author. He seems to over-simplify the party situa-
tion and sometimes to be mistaken as to the partisan position of
individuals, a factor which apparently seldom enters into his
evaluation of evidence.
GEORGE R. POAGE.
Texas State College for Women.
The Civil War and Reconstruction. By J. G. Randall. (Boston:
D. C. Heath and Company, 1937. Pp. xviii, 959. Illus-
trations. $5.00.)
No part of American history has been so voluminously written
as the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and yet there
has been no greater need for another volume on any part of our

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