The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Texas Press deserves final applause for a volume handsome in
design and in print-and for its courage in publishing new ma-
terial on a war that many contend takes longer to read about than
it took to fight. STEPHEN B. OATES
The New Texas School Reader Designed For the Use of Schools
in Texas. A Facsimile Reproduction of the 1864 Edition
Published by E. H. Cushing at Houston, Texas. Austin (The
Steck Company), 1962. Pp. 199- $7.50.
Annually for a number of years, the Steck Company, a major
publishing and printing firm of Austin, Texas, has reprinted a
rare volume of Texana as its Christmas gift to interested friends.
Thereafter, additional copies of each reprint are made available
to the general public. Certainly it is an act completely in keeping
with the occasion and highly commendable in its value to Texas
history.
The New Texas School Reader, the selection for 1962, was pub-
lished originally in January, 1864, by E. H. Cushing, publisher
of the Houston Telegraph. It was one in a series of school
textbooks, perhaps the first published in Texas, which was stim-
ulated by the need felt in the South during the Civil War for
patriotic Southern school books. In the preface Cushing expressed
his thanks for preparation of the volume to "Rev. J. R. Hutch-
ison, D. D., of the Houston Academy, and many other gentle-
men and ladies of our State, ..."
A list of "Rules for Reading" is followed by seventy-one short,
readable lessons of two general types. A number of the lessons
were chosen for the purpose of instruction in religious and moral
ideals, while others were selected to present factual information.
Most of the factual lessons concern events in Texas history, many
of them written by participants. Twenty-two lessons deal with
Texas Indians, the French and Spanish periods in Texas, Anglo-
American settlement of the area, battles in the Texas Revolution,
and the Texas Rangers. Most of these are unsigned, but a number
of the ones on the period after 1821 were obviously penned by
men who were present at the event described. A series of seven
lessons also provides a narrative of the Texas Santa Fe Expedi-
tion by an anonymous member.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/. Accessed June 2, 2015.