RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
TEXAS YESTERDAY and TODAY with the Constitution of
the State of Texas. By Lewis W. Newton and Herbert P.
Gambrell. Dallas (Turner Company), 1949. Pp. xii+516.
In 1932 Professors Newton and Gambrell brought out their
Social and Political History of Texas which was designed to meet
the need for an adequate textbook of Texas history in secondary
schools. At first glance one might think that Texas Today and
Yesterday is the old book under a new name. But on closer
examination it is easily seen that the earlier book has been thor-
oughly revised and new features have been added. True, the
chapter headings in the two books are the same but the contents
of the chapters have been elaborated and improved, and features
have been added which increase the book's usefulness as a text.
For instance, each chapter has appended to it a list of thought
provoking questions, and a short bibliography of the easily avail-
able books. Occasionally, throughout the book, the authors have
inserted footnote references to other books.
The book is primarily a textbook for high schools, but with
the changes and additions now made it may serve the general
reader as a compact guide to the general history of Texas. In
organization and in the treatment of the subject matter the
authors have kept in mind the relation of the history of Texas
to the other social sciences. It thus fits in admirably with the
course of study outlined for Texas secondary schools.
Approximately one-third of the book, the last 16o pages, is
given over to "Selected Readings in Texas History." The selec-
tions cover the whole range of Texas history and include the
most pertinent and significant documents of the state's history.
This feature of the book is a great convenience to both teacher
and pupils; and it facilitates the co-ordination of the various
social studies, particularly government and history. The general
reader will welcome especially the inclusion of the Constitution
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101126/. Accessed July 6, 2015.