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

Book Reviews

prior to 1866-and though the author's indebtedness to J. Frank
Dobie, J. Evetts Haley, J. Marvin Hunter, Walter P. Webb,
Floyd B. Streeter and Joseph G. McCoy is so obvious, and so
great, that his writing can be considered only as an epitomiza-
tion of their work; The Trampling Herd is so vividly written,
and its portrayal of the northward and westward expansion, from
Texas, of the open range cattle industry, from the beginning of the
northern trail drives in 1866 until the collapse of the "cattle
boom" in 1888, is so complete and graphic that this book is bound
to make its own place. Clear picturization and effective writing
atone for its literary and historical sins. Nowhere else, in such
small compass, can such evident understanding and effective por-
trayal of the events of those formative years of the modern
cattle industry be had, nor is it likely that in the literature of
the cattle industry a better piece of writing will soon be achieved.
The author's descriptions of the first cattle drives in 1866, of
the successive "cow capitals" of Kansas, and of the icy devasta-
tion which ended the "cattle boom" and almost wrecked the
open range cattle industry, in 1886, will always make this book
worth while.
HARBERT DAVENPORT.
Brownsville, Texas.
The Formation of the State of Oklahoma. By Roy Gittinger.
(Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1939. Pp.
xii, 309. $2.50. Bibliography, maps, appendices.)
Dean Gittinger's Formation of the State of Oklahoma was first
presented as Volume VI of the University of California Publica-
tions in History, at Berkeley in 1917. The original edition has
been out of print for several years and this new edition is pre-
sented, appropriately enough, in the year which marks the fiftieth
anniversary of the first white settlement in the Indian Territory,
the settlement of the so-called Oklahoma district, an event which
set the stage for statehood in 1907.
As the title would imply, this study is not concerned with the
history of Oklahoma since statehood, but with the development
of the region from the time it first entered the stream of United
States history with the Louisiana Purchase. Excellent maps show

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