The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948

Book Reviews

The materials are arranged to demonstrate how the white
man's concept of the plains region has changed through the
years and how his knowledge and understanding of it have been
enhanced by the application of the techniques of the several
sciences to a determination of the nature of regionalism. The
work of those who pioneered in the study of the soil, Hilgard
and Campbell, is perhaps overemphasized, but this overemphasis
is justified by the neglect which these men have suffered in the
past.
The summaries of the books have been efficiently handled,
but it is regrettable that in the conclusions which Malin draws
from the whole body of work of which he treats, he equivocates
so often that his book seems to lack candor. He is so careful to
explain what he does not mean, as well as what he does, that
one comes away with a largely negative concept of his intent.
The book is further handicapped by a poor format and even
worse typography. There can be little question of the worthiness
of Malin's purpose in writing this book to provide a guide to
the available material on the grassland, but it could be wished
that the information which the work contains were available in
a more satisfactory manner.
WARREN FRENCH
Austin, Texas
Arkansas. By John Gould Fletcher. Chapel Hill (The University
of North Carolina Press), 1947. Pp. 401. $5.00.
This account of the discovery and development of Arkansas
by an author better known for his poetry than for his historical
writings is a vivid, valuable-and often accurate-addition to the
all-too-few books written on the subject. Particularly in the early
chapters of Arkansas does John Gould Fletcher present historical
facts in such a manner that they "go down easier" than is usually
the case. The coming of the Spaniards under De Soto, and their
wanderings over the land that is now Arkansas, the struggles of
the French to carve from this raw wilderness a new empire, and,
finally, the creation of the territory of Arkansas-all are depicted
in entertaining and convincing fashion.
Also well told are the stories of the Civil War and of the

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/. Accessed August 22, 2014.