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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Period, 1823-1955. Those essays having particular reference to
and dealing directly with Texas history include "Spanish Coloniza-
tion of the Lower Rio Grande," by Florence Johnson Scott, and
"Martin de Alarc6n and the Founding of San Antonio," by Fritz
Leo Hoffman. The work also has a biography of Dr. Hackett, a
list of his writings, and a list of his graduate students and their
theses and dissertation topics.
Essays in Mexican History is certainly a fine tribute to the
scholar who contributed some eleven books and pamphlets and
two hundred articles and monographs on Latin American history.
Especially important, as Editor Thomas E. Cotner points out, is
that "The splendid work of Professor Hackett did not come to
an end upon his death. His students and his students' students
will continue his work, and his influence will be felt for all time."
DORMAN H. WINFREY
Saga of Anderson: The Proud Story of a Historic Texas Com,
munity. By Irene Taylor Allen, New York (Greenwich Book
Publishers), 1957. Pp. 322. Illustrations, bibliography. $5.0o.
Nestled in the rolling hills of the juncture of the pine-post oak
belts of southeast Texas is the little farming community of Ander-
son. In the days when Texas was a northern Mexican province, the
Anderson area was a center of colonial settlement. As early as 1821
settlers began moving in, erecting cabins, and cultivating the soil
in the vicinity. Population increased, and as the colonial period
drew to a close and the new Republic began its ten-year struggle,
the area that was to become Anderson laid its political, economic,
and cultural foundations. Grimes County was incorporated in
1846, and after some controversy the seat of government, named
in honor of Kenneth L. Anderson, last vice president of the
Republic of Texas, came into being.
Irene Taylor Allen, Anderson resident and school teacher, tells
Anderson's story in a topical-chronological narrative, considering
numerous aspects of the town's development. The initial chapters
set forth the story of Indians, early settlement, frontier life, and
the incorporation of Grimes County. Business development and
transportation and communication are traced in some detail, and
the chapter entitled "Cultural Advances" surveys the develop-

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