the events of that period were of such nature that it is extremely
difficult to read the vast amount of detailed manuscripts avail-
able and not become mentally involved in the conflict of the time.
Furthermore, with only one exception-Don Juan Manuel Zam-
brano-a reasonably unbiased estimate is given of the worth of
the main characters; and, in the case of that exception, further
research might have resulted in the expression of a different
In view of the fact that six flags are prominently displayed in
connection with Texas, an explanation of the nature and meaning
of the green flag would have been in order. The reader cannot
be certain as to the honor due the green, or seventh flag, which
gives the title to the book.
One is inclined to join the author when, in the Epilogue, she
deplores the failure of the revolution because, after 1813, "Texas
became a disorderly outpost, a mockery to over a century of colon-
izing and civilizing work by Spanish soldiers and missionaries."
J. VILLASANA HAGGARD.
The University of Texas.
Texas Independence. By Andrew Jackson Houston. (Houston,
Texas: The Anson Jones Press, 1938. Pp. 300. Illus-
There comes a time in the history of nearly every nation and
commonwealth when its people are reminded of their past history.
Sometimes the occasion is made by a writer whose interest and
research have convinced him that he has an important message
to give to the world; sometimes it is the centennial or some other
anniversary of a great event or social endeavor. The Centennial
of Texas Independence entitled Texans to the desire to see not
one but several works on that great movement which freed the
settlers of Texas from the Mexican yoke. Colonel Houston cer-
tainly must have sensed that general desire; and Texans would
have been disappointed if he had not written his book. He wrote,
however, not only out of the respect which he justly holds for
the accomplishments of his father, Sam Houston, and of the
other illustrious Texans who fought for and won the independ-
ence of Texas, but also out of a desire to tell a correct story.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/. Accessed March 2, 2015.