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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

enough to read the volumes through, page after page, are likely
to be few indeed. The nonresident reader will probably find
the third chapter ("General History") of major utility to him,
presenting as it does a fusion of text and source materials, the
whole chronologically arranged and extending down to about
1940 from sixteenth century times.
An immense amount of labor and effort must have gone into
the making of this highly detailed, valuable study. Such a work
may never again be attempted, for its cost would be very great.
Hence expressions of gratitude and good will for their faith in
the project and their energy and skill in seeing it through to a
well-accomplished completion, are due from historians to the
author, to George Carrington Mason, editor for the Virginia His-
torical Society, and to that society as a whole. Their combined
force has produced a novel species of local history for a circum-
scribed area, a work that will retain permanent value for a
limited, select public of general readers and historians.
FULMER MOOD
The University of Texas
Myths and Realities: Societies of the Colonial South. By Carl
Bridenbaugh. Baton Rouge (Louisiana State University
Press) , 1952. Pp. xiii+2o8. $3.25.
That historians have written many narratives of individual
southern states but that no one has undertaken a comprehensive
study of all these provinces before the American Revolution may
be partially explained by Carl Bridenbaugh's assertion that there
was no South in 1776. The South had not yet become a geo-
graphical expression; not even a southern accent was recognized.
The Old South of the nineteenth century with its unity amid
diversity, on which southern historians have concentrated their
efforts, still awaits the clarification to be provided by a better
illuminated background of the colonial and Revolutionary
periods. Myths and Realities points the way and exposes some
of the pitfalls that previous historians have dug from ignorance
and misinterpretation.
Three areas reveal three distinctive cultural developments dur-
ing the years 1730-1776 with which the author is concerned: the

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