The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

Book Reviews

The Great Frontier, that in such a situation goals became per-
sonal and materialistic rather than social and aesthetic or reform.
A certain criticism may be leveled at the book in that it concen-
trates so heavily on eastern and urban Texas that the great plains
of West Texas are all but left out. Also, it may seem that the
details given on the internal problems of Houston and Dallas are
a bit excessive even in view of their importance as symptoms
of wider significance. These small objections, however, are quite
overshadowed by the general excellence of the work. Fuermann,
it will perhaps be comforting for some Texans to note, sees that
our state's "overlong adolescence is fading. ... As Texas grows,"
he concludes, "its non-conformity will melt to some extent." But,
though Texans do want to be thought of as normal, "neither the
state nor America would gain if Texas shed its individuality."
PHILIP F. PATMAN
Essays in Mexican History. Edited by Thomas E. Cotner and co-
edited by Carlos E. Castafieda. Austin (The Institute of Latin
American Studies), I958. Pp. xvi+go9. $4.50.
This volume of Essays in Mexican History has been brought out
as a memorial to Charles W. Hackett, the internationally known
authority on Latin American history, who served as the first
director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the Univer-
sity of Texas. Dr. Hackett was identified with the work of the
Texas State Historical Association for more than three decades,
having been a fellow and member of the publications committee
and serving as managing and associate editor of the Quarterly.
During thirty-three years at the University Dr. Hackett directed
approximately seventy master's theses and thirty-five doctoral dis-
sertations in the Latin American history field, and the essays in
this volume have been written by students who took their degrees
under Dr. Hackett's guidance. The political, economic, and dip-
lomatic history of Mexico was an area in which many of the
students did research, and with this in mind the Editorial Com-
mittee for the Charles W. Hackett Memorial Volume selected
Mexico and Mexican history as the theme for this publication.
Fifteen essays have been chosen for the three sections of the
book: The Colonial Period, 1521-18o8; The Struggle for Inde-
pendence and the First Empire, 18o8-1823; and The National

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