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

Book Reviews

ware-Negro, Jim Ned, would be handled. It turned out that he
is considered an Indian; the reader must look under "James Ned"
for him. A Mexican interpreter, Luis Sanchez, who worked with
John Conner and cannot be distinguished from him in social
station or anything else except nationality, is indexed under
"Sanchez, Luis." James B. Shaw, a Texan, may be found under
"Shaw, James B.," but Jim Shaw, another Delaware interpreter,
is located under "Jim Shaw." Perhaps every editor, particularly
in an index, should be allowed a peculiarity or two, and we are
happy to grant Dorman his (but we no longer file him in the
W's). In other respects it is an excellent index.
The Texas Indian Papers are the raw material of history, a
necessity and a delight to historians, ethnohistorians, and other
anthropologists. But they are more than a vital item on the re-
searcher's bookshelf, for once the necessary background knowl-
edge of events, conditions, and persons is well in mind these
documents read as a single though one-sided and incomplete
drama, relating starkly the tale of Texas and her Indians. For
those-laymen or professionals-who would view the past un-
adorned, undistorted by the understanding or misunderstanding
of historian or anthropologist, the Texas Indian Papers are a must.
W. W. NEWCOMB, JR.
Texas Memorial Museum
True Stories of Little Dixie. By Louise Hathcock. San Antonio
(The Naylor Company), 1962. Pp. xiii+281. $4.95.
Louise Hathcock has dedicated this book "to the Negroes of
East Texas, or Little Dixie, with the hope that those of a forgotten
era may brighten a glad tomorrow, when there will be peace and
harmony among God's men, the white and the black." The author
tells her stories in this spirit, although some Texas Negroes of the
"new order" may look upon this volume as a collection of "Uncle
Tom" stories. While there is a trace of the noblesse oblige in her
writing, Miss Hathcock is sincere in her dual purpose of pre-
serving "for posterity the Negro of the 'old order' " and of pro-
moting racial harmony. Although she has changed names of indi-
viduals and places to avoid identification of the elderly Negroes
who have recalled these events and she has used literary license in

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