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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Book Reviews

Such chapters as "Ships of the Plains," "Stagecoach Days," and
"Moonlight Raids," are well developed. Also there is an interesting
chapter on border heroines. The author is at his best, however,
in dealing with popular amusements, the settler's home, home
remedies, frontier justice, and the frontiersman's religion, topics
that touch the lives of all the people. The book is not confined
to folkways; through it runs a framework of history that affords
an adequate background and setting for each detail. Its various
topics are skillfully arranged and many quotations and illustra-
tions add to its vividness. The author is a native of the land he
describes and knows its people first hand. The book represents
years of investigation both broad and intensive. In its prepara-
tion Dr. Rister has drawn on dozens of manuscript collections and
a staggering list of printed material.
Southern Plainsmen is a scholarly book, well conceived and
beautifully written. It is the work of a seasoned historian who
has written a book that people will read and enjoy.
lardin-Simmons University.
Marcus Whitman, Crusader. Part One, 1802 to 1839; Part Two,
1839-1843. Edited by Archer Butler Hulbert and Dorothy
Printup Hulbert. With maps and illustrations. Part One,
pages xii, 341; Part Two, pages xii, 342. (Denver: The
Stewart Commission of Colorado College and the Denver
Public Library, 1936, 1938.)
These are Volumes VI and VII of the late Professor Hulbert's
ambitious series of eight volumes which he entitled Overland to
the Pacific. Volumes I and II were reviewed in THE QUARTERLY
of October, 1933. The first dealt with Zebulon Pike's explo-
ration of the Arkansas and his arrest by the Spaniards in New
Mexico; the second with early pathbreakers on what came to be
called the Santa F Trail. Volume III, Where Rolls the Oregon, is
made up of more or less miscellaneous documents of 1825-1830
leading up to the missionary interest in Oregon: Floyd's first bill
in Congress for the occupation of Oregon; speeches for and against
the bill; Benton's vision of Oregon's future; reports of fur-
trading explorations, and similar reports. Volume IV, The Call


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