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

Book Reviews

Texas, and points out that, while the story "revolves around
Colonel Charles Goodnight," it also shows "us the other side of
the picture and visualizes home life in pioneer form, school life
and church life in their infancy and tells us not only of the great
business men and pioneers but introduces us to the heroic women
who left their comfortable homes in the East and came with their
husbands to what was supposed to be a wilderness."
Charles Goodnight lived twenty-four years beyond man's allotted
three score years and ten. He had many experiences and he had
many needs. "Want helps a fellow. It makes him strive," was
a part of his philosophy of life. Indeed, it was the philosophy
of the entire Southwest.
Goodnight was a fearless man. He believed that right was
right and did not need to be supported by a gun. In telling
about the meeting between Goodnight and Dutch Henry, the
author has Goodnight say: "Never carry a gun. Don't need
one." And this thought runs through the entire book.
The detailed story of the book is too long to relate. It is a
thrilling narrative of the life of a great man whose name was
synonymous with the ideals of the American frontier. It is dedi-
cated to the pioneers of the short grass country-to men who
had vision, persistence, and courage and who "out of nothing . . .
built a great commonwealth." The book is divided into five parts
and a total of thirty-five chapters, the last of which is appro-
priately entitled "Goodnight's Last Round-up." To have known
Goodnight must have made one a better person.
The University of Texas. R. L. BIESELE.
The Growth of the American Republic. By Samuel Eliot Morison
and Henry Steele Commager. 2 vols. (New York: Oxford
University Press, 1937. Vol. I, pp. xiii, 702; Vol. II, pp.
xvi, 695.)
In two volumes Professors Morison and Commager have sur-
veyed American History from "The Imperial Problem and the
Peace of Paris" through the "first year of the second term of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt." Volume one ends with the
death of Lincoln. Doubless some will want to quarrel with the
authors for the exclusion of the Colonial Period, yet the fuller
and richer story for the period 1763 to 1865 more than com-

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