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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

material, and the account he provides enables us to follow the
rise, maximum development, and decline of the day of the
rancheros. Southern California today forces itself on us as the
land of the filling-station, the motor-cop, road signals, and thick
auto traffic. A century ago vast herds of cattle grazed on oak-
shaded slopes and sun-drenched potreros. It was the day of the
landowner, master of broad acres, a patriarchal leader at the
head of troops of saddle-using, boot-wearing, brown-skinned work-
ers. This pastoral society as a dominant form of life had vanished
by i880. The realtor replaced the ranchero, the orchardist or the
shopkeeper succeeded to the cowboy, and the whistle of the small
though energetic steam locomotive was heard in the curving val-
leys. The old-time saddles and riatas and fancy bridles are now
put away for safekeeping in museums, and with them are the
boots. But if an observer is lucky and travels in the out-of-way
interior valleys, he may still chance to see in a corral when the
springtime grass has greened the levels, companies of muscular
village lads decked out as of yore tussling with their mounts in
the morning light. Momentarily they live over again fragments
of that old, vanished life. But if we wish to see it steadily and as
a whole, it will be to Dean Cleland's book that we must return,
and we shall be rewarded in his pages.
FULMER MOOD
The University of Texas
Town Meeting for America. By William Bross Lloyd, Jr. New
York (Island Press Cooperative, Inc.), 1951. Pp. 84. Cloth,
$3.oo. Paper, $2.00.
This study by Mr. Lloyd is the result of a vast deal of research
and is told in a forthright and charming manner. Not many per-
sons write so well. He begins his story with the earliest attempts
of the thirteen colonies to establish democratic principles. He
pursues the subject through the assemblies, the Continental Con-
gresses, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional
Convention, the Bill of Rights-and on through the attempts
made in the 183o's to call a convention to head off Secession and
the Civil War. He follows with the attempts made to call con-

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