The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

search which Dr. Nixon did in preparation for the writing of
this opus. The index of five pages at first blush appears rather
short, but to it by rights belong the six pages of Appendix I,
which lists the doctors of early Texas from 1836 to 1853. The
style is clear and indicates a feeling of sureness on the part of
the author in the subject matter of his study. To read this book
is to know that it is an excellent treatise, a valuable source, and
a first class item of Texana.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
Texas, C.S.A. By James Farber. San Antonio (The Jackson Com-
pany), 1947. Pp. 265. $2.75.
The best that can be said about Texas, C.S.A. is that it is read-
able, assuming, of course, the reader can stomach the anti-
Southern, anti-Texan, and thoroughly prejudiced viewpoint of
the author. For a supposed work of history dealing with Texas
in the Confederacy, this book disregards all principles of sound
historical writing.
In the foreword the author declares that, "Texas in the Con-
federacy is a tremendous, national story. Texas had no business
there. She should have seceded-from the Secession. Destiny dealt
to her from a cold deck. Texas could have prevented the Civil
War," and so forth-all equally fallacious. The book is plainly a
piece of propaganda but for what purpose exactly, this reviewer
can not understand.
As far as historical inaccuracies are concerned the book abounds
in them. Dates are confused, colorful but absurd imaginary
conversations are included, and ample bits of spicy information
-all of which lack citation-are generously given the reader. Be-
sides the non-existence of footnotes, the book has no bibliography
and a completely inaccurate and unhelpful map of the South
inside the front and back covers. The map shows Nashville near
the Mississippi River, Dallas in West Central Texas, and Sabine
Pass at the entrance of Galveston Bay.
On the back of the slip cover is a short biography of the
author. Among the interesting facts listed is the statement that
Farber's "chief hobby is oil painting." This reviewer cannot help

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/. Accessed December 18, 2014.