The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Book Reviews

theft are described on page after page with sickening regularity.
That a civilized nation as powerful as the United States would
permit such brutalities is the basis for one of the most disgraceful
chapters in the history of mankind.
The publication is a primary source on episodes noted in the
history of the Texas frontier such as the imprisonment of the
Kiowas, Big Tree and Satanta, for their role in the Warren Team
Massacre in Young County. One letter refers to the capture of Dot
Babb. A surprising disclosure was the employment of such Con-
federates as J. B. Barry and Peter Ross in military capacities as
early as 1867.
Anyone who has proofread until bleary eyed will not be the
first to cast a stone at such a minor matter in the excellent index
as citing Robert Lackey as on page 2og. This should be page 299,
and is mentioned only for the aid of serious users of the volume
to correct their copy. The illegible name on page 176 is Radzi-
minski, a reference to the old post established by Major Earl
Van Dorn.
The editors have laudably followed in the tradition of their
predecessors such as Charles Gulick, E. M. Winkler, and Harriet
Smither, in presenting to the scholarly world a publication of
which Texas may be proud. KENNETH F. NEIGHBOURS
Midwestern University
The Secession Conventions of the South. By Ralph A. Wooster.
Princeton (Princeton University Press), 1962. Pp. viii+294.
Tables, maps, bibliography, index. $6.50.
Throughout the winter and spring months of 186o-1861, some
fifteen Southern states including Texas, either by special conven-
tion or by legislative session, considered the matter of secession.
In this volume, Ralph Wooster attempts to examine the work of
these meetings and especially to analyze key personal data on
individual delegates concerned. The result is a series of chapters
outlining the course of proposed secession in each state and put-
ting great stress on such matters as the age, nativity, occupation,
property holding, and slave ownership status of convention
The volume has a great deal to offer as a handy survey of the


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