The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956

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the unexplained phrase, the debated area between the River
Nueces and the Rio Grande, on page 322. The remaining refer-
ences to Texas are limited to its use in the twentieth century by
occasional Mexican travelers as a temporary haven from either
political or economic distress. After all, Texas is of no major
importance in a single-volume account of nea-ly five centuries
of Latin American history.
The reviewer recommends early use and enjoyment of this
book by all readers, for pleasure and profit, and especially by
college students, for attractive introduction, and college teachers,
for fresh bait.
RETTA MURPHY
Southwest Texas State College
The Story of Texas Schools. By C. E. Evans. Austin (The Steck
Company), 1955. Pp. ix+457. $6.oo.
This newest and most up-to-date account of the public schools,
colleges, and universities of Texas has the advantages not only of
being a general yet complete coverage of its subject, and of being
based on careful and dependable research, but of being written
by a man who knows his subject firsthand. Dr. C. E. Evans has
spent over fifty years in the Texas schools, as teacher, superin-
tendent, president of Southwest Texas State College, and member
of many of the agencies and boards which have helped shape the
present Texas school system.
Although they were of little effect on the present system of
schools, Spanish and Mexican educational efforts are briefly
covered in Dr. Evans' volume as a means of rounding out the
story. It was independence from Mexico that gave impetus to
education in Texas; Anglo-Americans had stronger educational
traditions. Stephen F. Austin and Mirabeau B. Lamar were the
greatest friends of education in the Republic, a fact that can be
illustrated by pointing out that nineteen "colleges" were estab-
lished between 1837 and 1845. The public school system dates
from the Texas state constitution of 1845; growth was rapid and
both a public school fund and provisions for a state university
were in operation prior to the Civil War. As in many other fields,
war and Reconstruction brought chaos to education in Texas,

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed August 2, 2014.