The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

first edition, he has come forward with an enlarged revision. The
chief additions in this, the second edition, are three: a chapter
on Audubon in Texas, a chapter on scientific study in the Old
South before 185o, and a list of eighty-two of the author's pub-
lications on the history of science in early Texas. All three are
available in scattered locations elsewhere, but as here presented
they form valuable additions to the original study.
The University Press in Dallas has here produced a second
edition with design and decorations in rare harmony with the
high order of scholarly integrity, acumen, and vitality so evident
in the printed contents.
Tulane University
Cracker Parties. By Horace Montgomery. Baton Rouge (Uni-
versity of Louisiana Press), 1950o. Pp. 278. $4.00.
Dr. Montgomery is a member of the history staff at his alma
mater, the University of Georgia, and in this assignment he had
the advantage of continuous access to much of his materials and
the greater boon of association and consultation with Professor
E. Merton Coulter. One is, therefore, assured of the literary and
historical excellence of this dissertation.
Cracker Parties is a crisp account of schismaticalness of parties
and politicians in Georgia during the crucial years of 1845 to
1861. Any competent treatise of this subject would deal neces-
sarily with multi-partyism and intransigence; that was the pre-
vailing situation with Georgia parties and statesmen. Where, in
any state, and when, at any time, would one find a more heter-
ogeneous group than Howell Cobb, Robert Toombs, Herschel
V. Johnson, Benjamin H. Hill, Alexander H. Stephens, and
Joseph Emerson Brown? Years ago, in her Memoirs of Georgia
Politics, Mrs. Felton referred to Georgia politicians as "game-
cocks, always spoiling for a fight." Dr. Montgomery chronicles
their factional rows and personal animosities and depicts the
sparring politicians on an indigenous screen.
This writer, however, is not primarily concerned with reciting
personal and party fights except as they reflect upon the conscious
effort of Georgia political leaders during these years to seek a


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