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tary history, which will be pleasing to a good many people who
have felt that heretofore it has been unduly compressed. The
Reconstruction portion of the book is concerned mostly with politi-
cal and constitutional developments, and here one is likely to
have the feeling that social and economic history, North and
South, has been somewhat neglected; but if the work were to be
comprehended within one volume there was the very practical
problem of space. The illustrations, almost entirely contemporary,
are interesting and well-chosen. Especially attractive are the re-
productions of handbills, manuscript pages, and other documents.
There are also two dozen maps and graphs with each one telling
clearly its story.
For solid worth, this volume is one of the most valuable works
to appear on American history within recent years.
E. MERTON COULTER.
University of Georgia.
The West in American History. By Dan Elbert Clark. (New
York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1937. Pp. xi, 682. $3.50.)
Professor Clark's stated purposes of writing a serviceable text-
book in the field of Western history for college and university
courses are commendable, and, perhaps, have been achieved. Two
good maps and a few attractive pictures, however, would aid appre-
ciably in the consummation of both objectives. College adoptions
and general sales records must, of necessity, remain the final
measure of material success.
Not only the material but the manner of presentation marks the
author as being an enthusiastic teacher of Western history. Thor-
ough acquaintance with the generally known literature is consid-
erably enriched by wide-ranging and successful quests in contem-
porary literature not so well known, such as letters, diaries, old
newspapers, and public speeches. This gives freshness and anima-
tion to much of the book. Sources of most quoted material are
indicated in bibliographical references for each chapter, located
at the end of the book, but there is a confusing way of occasionally
giving special footnote references. From being considered the "cut-
ting edge" of civilization or the census designation of two people
per square mile, the concept of the frontier has been broadened to
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed March 17, 2014.