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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

organized labor on the relatively brief Chapter VI to see if they
feel that the plight of the wage worker bulked larger in Roose-
velt's plans than either the space allotted or the treatment indi-
cates. The topic "Old Sections and New Regions" was not easily
compressed into twenty-three pages with the result that the Ten-
nessee Valley Authority and Southern regions bulk large, cer-
tainly to the neglect of California and New England.
The contrasts of the chapters "Youth in Search of Change" and
"Age in Quest of Security" evidence the author's vivid memories
of the period, unusual reading, and ability to use critically the
staggering abundance of source materials for these topics. Per-
haps, the most brilliant chapter is "Reading and Writing," while
the one on science as it has affected the American public might
well be required reading. Scientific achievements at the univer-
sity level are ably recorded and researches of Texan Tom D. Spies
with nicotinic acid as a cure for pellagra are not overlooked, but
the hundreds of men and women in the large commercial labora-
tories deserve further consideration.
Judging from the reviewer's copy of the College Edition of the
Life Series, it is unfortunate that mounting book costs appear to
be affecting adversely the usually substantial binding. The first
342 pages of the two editions are identical, except for the intro-
ductory remarks of the editor, but members of The History Book
Club will have to purchase the other edition to obtain some
seventy pages of useful footnotes omitted in their edition. The
excellent critical essay on authorities and an index appear in
both editions.
ROBERT C. COTNER
The University of Texas
Creole Folk Tales. By Hewitt L. Ballowe. Baton Rouge (Louis-
iana State University Press), 1948. Pp. 258. $3.00.
The South has produced some noted raconteurs, who could
display the character of her people not so much by the word pic-
ture as by the style and technique of the author. Dr. Hewitt L.
Ballowe evidently qualifies as such a raconteur for the bayou folk
of Louisiana. His latest volume Creole Folk Tales has for its
setting the Mississippi River country below New Orleans, better
known as the fishing and muskrat region.

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