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tradition" and not on natural law and that it was best exercised
by freeholders. He stood for "the liberty of individuals, localities
and states," and, like Jefferson, fought centralization as a means
of guaranteeing such liberty. Also like Jefferson he advocated a
strict construction of the constitution to check the centralizing
effects of industrial nationalism. He loved the simplicity and
contentment of the agricultural life, and regarded innovation as
evidence of decadence. He fought for his ideals with the "sternest
consistency" throughout his tortured life. Compromise was not a
part of his vocabulary. In this respect he again differed from
The author wisely calls our attention to the fact that many of
Randolph's principles can still be studied with profit. The few
examples of his philosophy that I have mentioned are a small
fraction of his credo. No one can really be well informed on the
philosophy of the Old South without a careful consideration of
the principles of John Randolph of Roanoke. The author is to
be congratulated on so effectively restoring the teachings of this
neglected figure in American politics to our political literature.
C. PERRY PATTERSON
The University of Texas
Showboats: The History of an American Institution. By Philip
Graham. Austin (University of Texas Press), 1951. Pp.
It is among the curiosities and satisfactions of poking into old
records that what proves a dead end to one writer is an open
passage to another. A shining example of this paradox is Philip
Graham's Showboats: The History of an American Institution.
In 1946, an inquiry came to Broadside, a newssheet then edited
by this reviewer for the Theatre Library Association. An Iowa
professor asked: "Do you know anything about material on river
showboats? One of our graduate students wants everything he
can get: addresses of former workers on showboats, for example."
And then, to emphasize the urgency of the matter, he warned:
"Unless the memories of living people and the scant written
records can be gathered soon, it may all be lost. Who has any
of the posters?"
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed January 26, 2015.