The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Book Reviews

prejudice. As a result, Iturbide of Mexico is one of the finest
interpretative biographies yet produced.
For students and teachers of Hispanic-American history, the
chief feature of this work is the thirty-three page comprehensive
bibliography, which contains lists of almost all known material
in either English or Spanish concerning the events transpiring
in Mexico from 1812 to 1824. Another major contribution is a
list showing the location of all repositories of manuscript material
relating to that period.
Iturbide of Mexico is a monumental research milestone in the
field of Hispanic-American history. Not only does it unveil the
liberator of half a continent, but, in addition, the work is a
"must" for any researcher on any phase of the Mexican revolu-
tionary period.
JOSEPH CARL MCELHANNON
Baylor University
Impressions Respecting New Orleans: Diary and Sketches, I8z8-
1820. By Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe. Edited by
Samuel Wilson, Jr. New York (Columbia University Press),
1951. Pp. xxiv + 196. $8.75.
Regional historical scholarship of the type so highly developed
in twentieth-century Texas has had, until recently, few counter-
parts in Louisiana. The state has produced a vast outpouring
of fiction and of glib interpretations by literary charm hucksters
but comparatively little reliable history and few volumes of
edited papers. The publication of the early nineteenth century
New Orleans journals and sketches of a distinguished American
architect is, therefore, as welcome as a distant light to a Yankee
lost in a swamp.
When Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe came to New Orleans
in 1818 to complete his son's labors on the waterworks, his
architectural and engineering talents had already won him na-
tional recognition. The Bank of Pennsylvania, a keystone in the
Greek Revival Movement, had been among his many buildings,
and he had superintended work on two national capitols. Houses
from his plans had attracted attention across the country from
Baltimore to Michigan and New Orleans. His struggle to make
architecture a profession rather than a subservient appendage to

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