The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

economists, such studies form a definite part of the history of a
state and as such are of interest to historians.
MERLE M. DUNCAN
Baylor University
Oklahoma, A History of the Sooner State. By Edwin C. Mc-
Reynolds. Norman (University of Oklahoma Press), 1954.
Pp. 433. Illustrations, maps. $4.95.
We are witnessing a rather widespread revival of interest in
the histories of the states of the American Union. This renewal
of interest has led and is leading to the production (among other
historical works) of a harvest of one-volume histories of indi-
vidual states. In his Oklahoma, A History of the Sooner State,
Professor McReynolds has turned out a well-planned, well-written
book of the kind. In thirteen chapters he covers the ground ade-
quately from the era of explorations and Indian civilization down
through the territorial period and the attainment of statehood.
Then in four more chapters he traces the recent history of the
state in its political, economic, and cultural aspects, bringing his
narrative down to 1953.
The volume in its own right constitutes an attractive introduc-
tion to the history of Oklahoma, and is also an interesting and
suggestive supplement to the History of Oklahoma by E. E. Dale
and Morris L. Wardell, published in 1948. Particularly welcome
is the author's successful effort to offer a definite, detailed yet
rapidly-paced account of the most recent period of the state's
colorful history. Dr. McReynolds solves a none too easy problem
by arranging his subject matter under the governors and their
administrations, and by sketching in, term after term, the polit-
ical programs of the several governors, and the legislative han-
dlings of the policies submitted. The result is an informative
series of sharply defined yet brief historical discussions that enable
the reader to follow with understanding and sympathy the some.
times surprising and sudden developments in recent Oklahoma
politics.
This is an effective book and a welcome one. Perhaps, however,
the author could have done better by his out-of-state readers if
he had given a comprehensive account of the several areas of the

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