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

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The Texas Revolution. By William C. Binkley. Baton Rouge
(Louisiana State University Press), 1952. Pp. 132.
Here, in a little more than loo close-packed pages, is a spare,
cogent, perceptive interpretation that reduces to simple con-
clusions the millions of words written by dozens of scholars
about the Texas Revolution. Its simplicity is, in fact, disarming,
for Professor Binkley has provided more than a mere digest-
here is a mature, reflective mind at work, realizing an intellectual
consummation of a lifetime of pursuit of the Texas question
by Dr. Binkley. It is the sort of study that lesser scholars can
wonder at and envy and that younger, pseudo-scholars can hope
to emulate only after decades of monographs and researching.
(Incidentally, Binkley presents a number of suggestive Revolu-
tionary topics as yet unworked which, properly cultivated, could
bear real fruit.)
Professor Eugene C. Barker once wrote of Binkley's awesome
knowledge of Texas personalia. But Binkley here is not con-
cerned with people (only Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston,
Antonio L6pez de Santa Anna, William H. Wharton, and a few
others are even mentioned), but instead with the antipathy of
races, the clash of political outlooks, the friction of social im-
pingements, and the general confusion of unorganized or non-
integrated semifrontier societies that led a reasonably contented
populace down an avenue to an independence that had hardly
been envisioned and that certainly had not been sought a bare
three months before it was declared.
Mechanically, Binkley's study consists of four chapters grow-
ing out of a series of lectures which he delivered as the Walter
Lynwood Fleming lecturer in Southern History at Louisiana
State University in 1950. The style represents Binkley at his
best-succinct, purposeful, precise, permitting Texas to spin out
its own story with a minimum of recognizable guidance. This
is no book that the reader will have to plow through, for Bink-
ley's prose is such a model of clarity at all times that the book

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 6, 2015.