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

Book Reviews

The number of errors and misprints in the book is relatively
small in proportion to the variety and amount of data included;
but some have crept in. On page 136 the date of the Waco fire is
given as March 22, 1919. The main building actually burned in
Certainly both now and during the years to come this volume
will be treasured by alumni, ex-students, and friends of Texas
Christian University. Some of us would enjoy the unabridged
edition as first prepared. Through Dr. Hall's labors this alumnus
has been permitted to live again some of the happiest years of his
Beaver College
History of Oklahoma. By Edward Everett Dale and Morris L.
Wardell. New York (Prentice-Hall, Inc.), 1948. Pp. x+572-
Illustrations, maps, and index. $7.65.
Oklahoma, almost the youngest of the states, is by no means the
least developed. In historical background and present cultural
and institutional development, incorporating much of the best
from the older states, it is rich and complex. Great stress has
been given to the Indian history. In this field the authors have
delved deeply and speak with authority. There was never any
question as to authors of the Prentice-Hall volume on Oklahoma.
The style is essentially textbook and practical. This reviewer
would have enjoyed seeing the authors cut loose in their best
journalistic style when treating the Indian, ranching, oil de-
velopment, and political phases. The political history of Okla-
homa, colorful indeed, has been written with intelligence and
restraint. Importance of the Indians in this field has been shown.
This is a real contribution. The movement for statehood, forma-
tion of the constitution, and admission of the state are described
vividly and in sympathetic terms. Outstanding leaders are listed.
Approximately the last third of the volume is given to economic
and cultural subjects. The treatment is in great detail, and in
this field the reviewer feels that stress on the more colorful aspects
would have added attractiveness to the book, especially from the
standpoint of the general reading public. I presume the reply


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