Southwestern Historical Quarterly
with reading less than the whole book and that you will find
the chapter entitled "Apotheosis" very revealing.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
The United States, 1865-1900: A Survey of Current Literature
with Abstracts of Unpublished Dissertations. Curtis Wis-
well Garrison (ed.). Fremont, Ohio (The Hayes Founda-
tion), 1945. Volume III, January 1, 1944-December 31,
1944. Pp. 304. $1.00.
The general objective of this annual publication is "to assess
the year's output of books and articles on the history of our
country in the last third of the nineteenth century." The
editor emphasizes that what is desired from the appraiser is
an evaluation of the contribution each article or book makes
to knowledge, not simply an ordinary review of the material.
The editor acknowledges in the preface that "there can be
no definitive conception of what is a contribution to knowledge
and what constitutes 'history,'" and states that after the
fifth volume, the plan of the Survey may be reorganized and
a cumulative study issued which will attempt to consider
knowledge from more than an academic point of view. By its
program, this series renders two valuable services not easily
possible to other publications: it relates new writing to old
work in a field, and it emphasizes the "haphazard and anarchic
state of historical production."
The Survey is divided into the following sections: Political
and Constitutional, International Relations, Social and Eco-
nomic, Educational and Intellectual, Religion, Literature and
Art, Regional and State. Each section is introduced by a state-
ment of its editor emphasizing the year's contribution to the
There are a number of items appraised which are of special
interest to Quarterly readers. Walter Prescott Webb's revised
edition of Divided We Stand, included in Regional and State,
the South, is cited in four other sections as well. A Collection
of Hayne Letters, issued by the University of Texas Press,
Marion Humphreys Farrow's The Texas Democrats, and J.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/. Accessed December 25, 2014.