Southwestern Historical Quarterly
It may be said that Antonio Martinez wished to do a great deal
for Spanish Texas but that he was able to do little. Despite this,
his record is not devoid of positive results. Like many another
Spanish administrator, Martinez left a many-lettered documenta-
tion of his services in Texas. More than this, Martinez expressed
repeated concern for the care of the archives, but even in this
instance he was not altogether successful, for he also reported that
weather had destroyed many papers. At times, his correspondence
was even threatened by lack of paper.
Mrs. Taylor's translation of Martinez' correspondence not only
enriches the literature of Texas history but also makes these docu-
ments easily available for reference. Although no footnotes or
other comments are placed in the body of the book, the thorough-
going index should make it convenient for anyone to find any
specific topic he might seek. JAMES PRESLEY
The Lasting South: Fourteen Southerners Look at Their Home.
Edited by Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and James Jackson Kilpatrick.
Chicago (Henry Regnery Company), 1957.
Twenty-seven years ago in a book entitled I'll Take My Stand
twelve dedicated Southerners took up their pens to extol the
virtues of an agrarian South and warn against the perils of indus-
trialization. Their effort to stay the march of progress was in vain.
The factory and the city grew apace in what was once the Cotton
Kingdom, and by mid-century numerous observers said that the
South was no more, and many said that this was good.
In The Lasting South fourteen other Southerners affirm in as
many essays that in spite of the advances of industrialization and
urbanization the South has refused to yield her identity to the
overmastering forces of national conformity. They go farther to
contend that the persistence of Southern individuality is good,
that the region ought not permit itself to be made over in the
image of Massachusetts or Ohio. Beyond this point, however, they
by no means speak with one voice, for their messages fail to
achieve the unanimity that characterized the ideas of the Nash-
ville Agrarians. Not even on the issue of racial segregation in the
public schools--which apparently inspired the publication of this
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed April 28, 2015.