The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

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protection. Added to this were the chivalrous attitude and open-
handed hospitality inherent in persons of southern birth and
breeding. Morever, they were bound together by a remarkable
historical heritage. Even today they still remember that they were
citizens of a nation before they were citizens of a state and some-
times do not seem quite sure whether Texas was annexed to the
United States or vice versa. They feel themselves cemented to-
gether by the blood of William B. Travis, James W. Fannin,
Bowie, and Crockett. San Jacinto and the Alamo are to them
quite as important shrines as are Valley Forge and Yorktown, and
Austin and Houston as great heroes as George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson.
It is the author's conclusion that those who complain of the
typical Texan's boastful, and sometimes boisterous, spirit and
his supreme pride in his state and its historical heritage have
only themselves to blame. For a century at least our people have
glorified the hardy pioneers who, heedless of difficulties and
dangers, pushed out into the wilderness to conquer it in spite
of every obstacle. We still retain enough of the spirit of pioneering
to make us reluctant to accept the fact that the frontier has gone
forever. We want to believe that somewhere in America there
is still a race of men who typify the West of our childhood dreams.
If so where can it be except in Texas where even today lean,
bronzed cowhands ride the broad plains, and the Texas Rangers
still enforce the law with the aid of their trusty six guns, and
where only yesterday painted Indian warriors and Mexican raid-
ers filled the days and night with danger? The typical Texan still
lives because he fills a need in our hearts. This is a most inter-
esting book which is beautifully written, well illustrated, and
shows every evidence of long and careful research.
EDWARD EVERETT DALE
University of Oklahoma
Texas Seaport: The Story of the Growth of Corpus Christi and
the Coastal Bend Area. By Coleman McCampbell. New
York (Exposition Press), 1952. Pp. 305. $3.95.
It is indeed pleasant to note that at this time more and more
is being written about the Coastal Bend of Texas. It means a
welcome addition to Texana lore and tradition. There was a

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/. Accessed November 26, 2014.