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

Book Reviews

Act IX, in three parts, "Battle, Humbug, and Victory," de-
scribes battles at Contreras, Churubusco, and Molino del Rey,
the humbug of the armistice, and victory for Scott-with John
A. Quitman tired of playing second fiddle and disobeying orders
in order to be the first to march into Mexico City.
The title of the last chapter comes from a comment by Robert
E. Lee: "I presume it is perfectly fair, after having made use of
his [Trist's] labors, and taken from him all that he had earned,
that he should be kicked off as General Scott has been ... turned
out as an old horse to die." Trist risked disgrace but negotiated
his treaty; Scott was superseded and returned home quietly;
Taylor came home a conquering hero and won the presidency.
Polk, too, went home to die. He had obeyed the mandate of
manifest destiny, but also destined was the Irrepressible Conflict.
The book is an effective portrayal of background, is best in
its presentation of men and methods of war, and is devoid of
footnotes. True, the general reader may have no complaints; the
student of history has. He would like to know where to read
about-the Irish of "the famous company of San Patricio" and
what made it famous.
LLERENA FRIEND
The University of Texas
The Development of Southern Sectionalism, z819-1848. By
Charles S. Sydnor. Volume V of A History of the South,
edited by Wendell H. Stephenson and E. Merton Coulter.
Baton Rouge (Louisiana State University Press and The
Littlefield Fund For Southern History of The University
of Texas), 1948. Pp. xii+400. Illustrations. $6.oo.
Although its people possessed certain common traits and the
region differed from the rest of the United States in 1819, the
South, according to Professor Sydnor, was as yet "unawakened."
Southerners were hardly aware of a distinctiveness, and if they
were they were not alarmed about it. They had no cause of com-
plaint, no feeling of oppression. Instead, theirs was a sense of
pride and of power, for they had played a leading role and for
the most part had dominated the federal government from the
beginning. Since southerners had had a large share in shaping

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