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

Book Reviews


in a letter to Cornelius Camden Blatchley, of October 22, 1822,
Jefferson said that he did not believe in the doctrine of man's
The case made for the influence upon Jefferson's theory of the
arts of certain aspects of the American scene and movements of
thought is not convincing; and one is left with the feeling that
accounts given of Jefferson's ideas on education and efforts in
behalf of an education, of the empirical philosophy, and of many
other matters do not contribute to one's understanding of Jef-
ferson's theory of the arts or of his competence in them.
A most serious defect of the book is the extent of the author's
neglect of unpublished materials, which results in a certain lack
of vitality in the work, and may contribute to its lack of precision.
The University of Texas
Rural Mexico. By Nathan L. Whetten. Chicago (The University
of Chicago Press), 1948. Pp. xxv+572, + appendices [48
pages]. Bibliography, index, charts, plates, maps, illustra-
tions. $1o.oo.
To students of contemporary Mexican institutions and prob-
lems, Professor Whetten has brought an almost invaluable col-
lection of data concerning the agrarian situation and its social
and economic implications. To the friends of Mexico, and to the
Mexicans themselves, he has brought a ray of hope while he has
presented, in coldly analytical fashion backed by many harsh
facts, a picture which gives no grounds for believing the Mexican
Revolution has completed its task. Professor Whetten is a scholar
whose judgment has not been dimmed by his obvious sympathy
for the people of Mexico and by his ardent hope that the nation
can work out its democratic destinies.
Not since the publication of the Tannenbaum and Simpson
masterpieces on the Mexican Revolution has such a challenging
and provocative work appeared from an American press. Whetten
had many advantages in the collection of the data for Rural Mex-
ico; not only is he a recognized authority in the field of rural
sociology, but he worked and studied in Mexico for a period of
three years as the rural sociologist for the Department of State

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 10, 2015.