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

Book Reviews

surreptitious inroads into such varied areas as architecture, dress,
and diet. In the prosperity which accompanied the Civil War,
the frontier phase of the Wendish settlement came to a close.
It is, perhaps, altogether fitting that the author placed greatest
emphasis on the development of the Wendish colony through
1865, for the Wends of Texas, like most others in this land, were
profoundly affected by the New America which emerged from
the ruins of conflict. The coming of the railroad, improved com-
munications, the auto and super-highway did what the frontier
had never been able to do. These accoutrements of progress
scattered the Wends, emasculated their folk customs, and annihi-
lated their language. American civilization proved more effective
than the German in assimilating and absorbing the Wends-so
much more effective, in fact, that today the domesticated de-
scendants of these original Wendish settlers can be found in al-
most every section of this state, thoroughly Americanized and
The University of Texas
White Cliffs of Dallas. By George H. Santerre. Dallas (The Book
Craft), 1955. Pp. 163. Introduction, bibliography, maps,
illustrations, no index. $4.50.
The regional historian filled with the zest of the amateur and
uninhibited by the strait-jacket of formalized requirements, can
produce work which may prove of value to avid researchers of the
future. Evidence in point is George H. Santerre's The White
Cliffs of Dallas.
Producing facts and surmises as fruitful as the orchards of his
family which abut Highway 8o just west of Dallas' Chalk Hill,
Santerre sheds new light upon and adds information to the oft-
repeated saga of the early Oak Cliff colonization efforts of the
French "La Reunion." Juice is found in the Santerre peaches. It
can also be extracted from the Santerre writing which has both
the quaintness and clarity of an old French daguerreotype.
After presenting some early and not altogether accurate French,
New Orleans, and Texas history, Santerre discusses the inception
of the "La Reunion" plan in the socialist seed grounds of Francois


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