can be read in a two or three-hour sitting; but it is nonetheless
a book that shouldn't be read at one sitting but rather gone
at slowly in order to feel its savor, especially as the reader moves
on toward Binkley's conclusions.
The Texas Revolution was a jumble of mismanagement, mis-
understanding, and apparent cross-purposes, but then, what rev-
olutions haven't been? As Binkley points out, Texas in progress-
ing uncertainly from dissatisfaction to political independence
had traversed an area of political and social experience in
twelve months which the American revolutions had required
fourteen years to complete. And though the actors in the Texas
drama might assail bitterly the judgment and activities of their
fellow actors, there was no impugning the patriotism and integ-
rity of anyone involved. Soldiers might be insubordinate, civil-
ians might be protecting their land speculations, and governing
officials might be jealous of authority, but always Texas had
leadership which in its several unsynchronized ways moved the
region in a direction that proceeded from liberal resistance
against despotism, to paper independence, to establishment of
a democratic government that might endure.
To try to reproduce Dr. Binkley's Texas Revolution would
be to reproduce whole sections, for the author has provided
such a tightly-knit reticulation of fact, motivation, and con-
clusion that there is no real opening in which to reach in and
pull out showpiece samples. At the end Binkley enters a dis-
claimer that "the last word concerning the meaning or signifi-
cance of the Texas Revolution has not yet been said." In turn,
I would add that though Binkley may not have written the
conclusive word of the Revolution, for the nonce he has written
the inclusive word that will cover the subject until a later crop
of Texas scholars can ripen.
JOE B. FRANTZ
The University of Texas
The Story of Texas A. and M. By George Sessions Perry. New
York (McGraw-Hill Book Company), 1951. Pp. xvi+264.
In 1951 the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas
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 May 25, 2015.