The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950

Book Reviews

The one kind of pre-eminence which they [the Texans] have not
yet been able to acquire-that other states in the Southwest have-
is in the realm of humane culture. They intend to get it. Until they
do, they try hard to convince themselves that they have it now: in
Dallas, the self-styled "cultural capital of the Southwest."
The last seventy-odd pages of the book are taken up in dis-
cussions of schools (Mr. Peyton arrives at the conclusion that
The University of Oklahoma is the best in the Southwest, The
University of Texas the one with the most oppressive "academic
atmosphere"), newspapers, writers, painters, and Indian artists
of the Southwest. The three last-named sections are based on
many personal contacts of the author and are quite authoritative.
The chapter on Indian artists is of particular interest.
America's Heartland contains a number of illustrations, many
of which are excellent, such as those of Taos, Acoma, San Josd
Mission, and a view of the Organ Mountains near El Paso. Other
photographs are of dubious merit, insofar as giving the reader an
idea of the Southwest's culture is concerned, such as the portrait
of the mayor of New Orleans.
Mr. Peyton has produced a book which will appeal to many.
Perhaps he comes as close as anyone has thus far to defining the
lure of the Southwest when he writes that what draws people to
the region "is the inexpressible loneliness and silence of the land.
.. Here is the place of reflection, where they seem to find them-
Austin, Texas
Gold Is the Cornerstone. By John Walton Caughey. Berkeley and
Los Angeles (University of California Press), 1948. Pp. xvi
+314. $4.00.
This is one of the "Chronicles of California," a series presented
by the University of California Press in commemoration of the
state's centennial. It is intended for popular consumption, but
contains much of value to the student; it is an absorbingly inter-
esting and timely book. An excellent fourteen-page bibliography
is of particular value.
This account of the role which gold has played in the history
of California is presented in a spirited and forceful style. It


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