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

Book Reviews

losses. But twentieth century sugar producers were aided by
technological improvements in cultivation and manufacture, the
facilities of state and federal experiment stations, and the interest
of a paternalistic government.
In its accounts of the sugar industry in Louisiana and Texas,
Sugar Country is based on extensive and intensive research into
primary sources. Findings are well organized, presented in a
clear, readable style; and interpretations are logical. Chapters on
plantations, society, slavery, cultivation, and manufacture make
interesting reading. Some comparison with the beet sugar industry
would place cane sugar in its national perspective. Although "vast"
is overused and there is a contradiction on pages 264 and 343
relating to sugar production in Texas, the paucity of such crit-
icisms further emphasize the value and the definitive nature of
this volume.
University of Florida
Westward the Briton. By Robert G. Athearn. New York (Charles
Scribner's Sons), 1953. Pp. xiv+2o8. $4.50.
Those who have delved into the great abundance of early-day
records have found that the frontier West was far more drab
than Hollywood producers and pulp magazine editors would have
it to be. The editors and producers have helped to create a
generally false concept of the frontier West, which numerous
documented historical narratives cannot easily dissipate, for cre-
ative imagination speaks louder than voluminous records.
Today when the rodeo comes to town, pallid drugstore, grocery,
and bank clerks join with sober municipal tycoons and local
members of the calf roping club to ride prancing, pot-bellied
horses along main street or to hobble about town in uncomfortable
high-heel boots, clownishly attired in ten-gallon Stetsons, flaming
shirts and bandannas, and grotesquely tight-fitting Levis, and
wearing sinister black beards-all, they believe, in memory of
the "good old days," the days that never were. Actually, in
attempting to perpetuate such a fantastic and unrealistic legend,
they substitute fiction for truth. It is small wonder that foreigners,
and sometimes visitors from the Eastern seaboard of the United
States, visit the West expecting to find it crowded with scowling


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