The Texas Folklore Society and the University Press in Dallas
have issued Texas Folk Songs, No. XXIII of the Publications of
the Texas Folklore Society. The collection consists of 118 Texas
songs which are classified under headings of British and Amer-
ican ballads, love and laugh songs, children's songs, and Civil
War songs. Texas Folk Songs is authored by William A. Owens
with the musical arrangements by Willa Mae Kelly Koehn.
Songs of the Confederacy, compiled by Richard B. Harwell
and published by Broadcast Music, Inc., New York, contains
thirty-eight significant songs that stirred the South. The songs
are reproduced in their original form and include such favorites
as "Dixie," "Bonnie Blue Flag," and "Yellow Rose of Texas."
Several forgotten songs well known in the Confederate period
also have been included.
Napoleon said once that the "Marseillaise" was equal to a hun-
dred thousand men. Among Confederate songs "Dixie" probably
has had the greatest impact on soldiers and audiences. In the
introduction to the work author Harwell states: "To know the
songs a people sang is to have a piercing insight into the spirit
of the people. Here are the songs of the Southern Confederacy-
songs of gaiety and optimism, songs of parting, sentimental songs
of soldiers and sweethearts separated, rollicking songs of the
camp, humorous songs, songs of defeat, and songs of defiance."
This book throws light on a colorful period of American his-
tory, and it makes a worth-while contribution to the mounting
fund of musical Americana.
DORMAN H. WINFREY
Informative to the student of early colonial Mexican history,
Protofundaci6n Mexicana: Historia de la Propiedad del Valle de
Ameca, Jalisco y Circunvecindad, by Jesis Amaya, presents the
thesis that the history of the conquest of Mexico did not end
with the fall of Tenochtitlin in 1521, but rather was a flowing
narrative embracing the conquest of western central Mexico as
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