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

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the book. But no apology is necessary nor in order. The author
has given us a fine work.
America's Sheep Trails is not a history. Rather it is a chronicle.
It lacks historical analysis which the professional historian might
have supplied. This shortcoming is more than offset by the wealth
of details that have been supplied. The details reflect a prodigious
task in the search of the sources, and the inclusion of the sources
cited represents the best and only adequate bibliography on the
subject of ovine history. The bibliography will be of inestimable
value to future students of the subject. Historians will find
America's Sheep Trails presenting hitherto unavailable data on
the history of the Trans-Mississippi West. Agronomists and agri-
cultural historians will welcome the book in their fields. The
illustrations are a distinct contribution, representing as they do
a neglected field in visual history. The index is complete and
usable.
T. R. HAVINS
Howard Payne College
Wiring a Continent: The History of the Telegraph Industry in
the United States, 1832-1866. By Robert Luther Thompson.
Princeton, N. J. (Princeton University Press), 1947. Pp.
xviii+526. Illustrations, text figures, maps, and appendix.
$7.50.
This is economic history at its best; written with literary skill
and with a high degree of historical scholarship, it is the story
of the telegraph in America, from its earliest beginnings until
just after the Civil War. A second volume, which will carry the
study to the present, is in preparation, and will be eagerly
awaited. The book's emphasis is economic, but there is more
than the story of corporate development in a single industry, or
even the pattern of all industrial development in the United
States during the last century. It is entirely readable, and never
dull.
The book is the result of ten -years of research; of the study of
a large amount of source material, .comprising seven hundred
and fifty boxes, portfolios, and volumes of manuscript and other
materials, much of it the unpublished letters, contracts, business

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