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

Book Reviews

some reproductions as can be found anywhere. And just to put
this review (and the reviewer) in the proper place in things, I
will add that I hope some day I can write a book good enough
to be issued by such a publishing company.
SEYMOUR V. CONNOR
After San Jacinto: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841. By
Joseph Milton Nance. Austin (University of Texas Press),
1963. Pp. xiv+642. Maps, illustrations, appendix, index.
$8.50.
A primary reaction to reading this first of Professor Nance's
proposed trilogy on relations between Mexico and the Republic
of Texas is regret that the volume was not available when the
Handbook of Texas was compiled. The index, the careful notes,
and the appendix, which gives the "Muster Rolls of Certain
Select Frontier Forces," would have been so valuable. A second
reaction is frustration at being so ignorant of the story here re-
lated. For solace I checked what the casual reader of Texas history
might have heretofore had to read on the subject: in a school text-
book, ten lines; in a college text, one paragraph; in Yoakum, three
pages; in Wortham, six pages; in Brown and in Bancroft, about
twelve pages each. There is some consolation. Another reaction
is admiration for the writer of the copy for the dust wrapper--
with its felicitous description and summary of the book's contents.
Of course the chief reaction is appreciation of the prodigious re-
search and industrious study of the essential sources in two lan-
guages, which result in the feeling that the book merits the acco-
lade that Professor E. C. Barker once gave in a review of another
book on the republic: "Happily, he has done the job so thor-
oughly that no one is likely to be tempted to do it again."
The title limits the time involved to a brief period of some-
thing over five years; the preface defines the plot as the story of
Texas-Mexican relations along a thinly populated borderland
between two contrasting civilizations; the opening chapter on the
"Trans-Nueces Country" gives the setting of the border area in
which Texas' policy was not one of intentional neglect but did
lack "continuity in both planning and leadership." The epilogue
is a jewel-a magnificent capsule summary.

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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 September 20, 2014.