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

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Seminary. Two hundred thousand letters, many of which are
quoted for the first time, represent only a portion of this collec-
tion, so the author informs us. Among the published works in
the field, and which are considered in this book, those of Dr. W. W.
Sweet, professor of American church history at the University of
Chicago, constitute a prominent source. Dr. Sweet's latest pub-
lication, Religion on the American Frontier, Vol. III: The Con-
gregationalists, was evidently too recent to permit its embodiment.
Dr. Goodykoontz views American home missionary work as it
should be considered. He describes it not as something isolated
from everything secular but as an integral part of our many-
sided national history. Equally refreshing is the fact that, as a
disinterested historian, he truthfully honors the constructive work
done by organized American Christianity in a difficult field.
Frontier society was considerably improved when successive waves
of more stable pioneers pushed the riff-raff of that society ahead
of themselves, like the suddenly rising waters of a mountain
stream roll much debris down the river bed in advance of the
flood, but the self-effacing labors of the pioneer missionary also
played a conspicuous part in the civilization of our great West.
It is to this last-named, but seldomly stressed, factor in American
history that this volume is appropriately dedicated.
Not only will home mission boards, religious organizations, and
church historians study this book with profit; it will prove illumi-
nating also to the student of secular history who desires a more
complete knowledge of that absorbing theme: the American
frontier.
A. G. WIEDERAENDERS.
Texas Lutheran College.
Cherolcee Cavaliers. By Edward Everett Dale and Gaston Litton.
(Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1939. Pp.
xxiii, 319. $3.00. Illustrations, maps, charts.)
Cherokee Cavaliers makes available more than two hundred
letters of the Ridge-Watie-Boudinot family, which, with carefully
prepared footnotes, tell the story of forty years of tumultuous
history of the Cherokee Nation of Indians. For the most part the
authors have permitted this history to be told by the men who
made it. The bulk of the letters included is taken from a col-

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