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Dr. Webb takes a dim view of the rain makers, which is difficult
to understand. Pioneers, successful or unsuccessful, contribute
something to the world's progress, and a nation that could spend
five billion dollars in atomic research can certainly spend a few
million trying to do something about the weather.
For many Dr. Webb's strictly utilitarian treatment may prove
to be a happy introduction to the physics, chemistry, and geology
of what a scientist has called 'ordinary water substance.' Water
in the air, in the sea, on the land, and in the subterranean rocks
is a fascinating subject.
Seedtime of the Republic. By Clinton Rossiter. New York (Har-
court, Brace and Company), 1953. Pp. xiv+558. $7.50.
This is one of the most important and most satisfying publi-
cations that has crossed my desk for many a moon. Very fre-
quently the title of a book has no relation to its contents. Every
paragraph of this book directly relates to its major thesis-the
foundation of the Republic. Its discussion is fresh, thorough, and
penetrating and supported by widely and carefully selected quo-
tations from the most authoritative sources of the colonial period
of our history. Its purpose is to lay the foundation of the revolu-
tion by showing that the concepts of liberty, rights of man, fed-
eralism, and a fundamental law all had their birth prior to 1776.
It is the most adequate and thoroughly integrated treatment of
the evolution of our social, economic, educational, religious, po-
litical, and constitutional institutions which has yet been pub-
Colonial Protestantism is shown to have possessed in addition
to its austerity and religious tyranny the elements of liberty, in-
dividualism, and fundamental law. Puritanism stressed (1) the
idea of covenant or contract or the idea of consent as the basis
of both the church and government, (2) the concept of a higher
law which it claimed could be written out-a written constitu-
tion, (3) the doctrine of individualism in both economics and
government, (4) dependence of liberty on education, and (5)
morality as a basis of democracy. By 1765 the religious sects of
Colonial America were preaching that resistance to oppression
was obedience to God and economic individualism was clashing
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101158/. Accessed December 13, 2013.