The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

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tration. Like some other writers, Dr. Hill seems to classify
Governor Vance of North Carolina with Brown as an obstruc-
tionist. This is hardly just to Vance, for, although he frequently
got into controversies with the Richmond authorities, he was less
selfish than Brown and helped far more than he hindered.
While Dr. Hill shows little patience with Brown's obstructive
tactics, she generally lets him condemn himself in his own words,
and she gives him full credit for the material support which he
actually gave the Confederacy. In order to obtain the perspective
necessary to a more complete understanding of the man, she fol-
lows his tortuous course through reconstruction. That story is well
known, but it emphasizes his self-seeking, opportunist character
and perhaps is even more to his discredit than the record of his
recalcitrant attitude during the war, since he joined the radicals
against the people of his own state.
The book is attractively and immaculately printed. It carries
a brief foreword by Professor Owsley, has an adequate bibliography
of eighteen pages and a good index. It is a very valuable contri-
bution to the history of the inner struggles of the Confederacy.
CHARLES W. RAMSDELL.
The University of Texas.
Marcy and the Gold Seekers. By Grant Foreman. (Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1936. Pp. xiv, 433. $3.00.)
Grant Foreman has added an excellent book to his extensive
list. Marcy's report and the remarkably vivid and interesting
account of the Gold Seekers who "jumped off" from Fort Smith
and Van Buren make an interesting and extremely valuable pub-
lication. The disillusionment of the emigrants, their hardships and
poignant suffering in the way of hunger and thirst, the part they
played at the "diggings" and in the development of the State
of California, and the return of many--all is told in an inter-
esting and forceful style.
Marcy traveled south of the Canadian River all the way. He
found what he pronounced to be an excellent route. It is true
that there were a few long stretches between watering places, a
few places that were short on grass and wood, but by taking the
proper precautions he felt that wagon teams could make the trip

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