The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

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after 1924, however. By that date its frequent resort to vigilantism
had created widespread opposition and led to the withdrawal of
some of its more respectable members. It never experienced
again its brief moment of power. But if by 1930 the Klan was
practically dead in the Southwest, as the author concludes, it
would be too much to say that the spirit of moral authoritarian-
ism which gave it birth rested in a companion grave.
Northern Illinois University MERTON L. DILLON
Heroes of Texas. By H. Bailey Carroll, James M. Day, J. Frank
Dobie, Joe B. Frantz, Llerena Friend, Joseph Milton Nance,
Ben Proctor, Rupert N. Richardson, and Dorman H. Win-
frey. Introduction by Evelyn Oppenheimer; Dedication by
Paul A. Loftin. Waco (Texian Press), 1964. Pp. 141.
Illustrations. $1 o.oo.
"James Bowie had the flavor, the mettle, the daring in gesture
and deed, and the generosity of spirit that makes certain actions
on the stage of life go beyond themselves into other selves and
thus do more and say more than they actually said or did. People
used to name their children, their horses, their oxen, their hounds
after Bowie. That is fame." These words, taken from J. Frank
Dobie's biographical sketch of Jim Bowie, might well serve as
a preface to Heroes of Texas. All of the authors represented in
this work deal with "fame" and the stuff of heroes, and each
makes a convincing case for his particular subject.
Unity and coherence was given to these essays by limiting the
time span covered. All of the individuals commemorated here
rendered their greatest service to Texas during the Revolutionary
Era or the period of the Republic. Two, Sam Houston and
Mirabeau B. Lamar, attained the highest office their country
could bestow. Without the achievements of Stephen F. Austin
there would be no Heroes of Texas to write about, and the re-
maining figures, James Bonham, Jim Bowie, "Davy" Crockett,
James W. Fannin, Ben Milam, and William B. Travis, all earned
their niche in the pantheon of Texas immortals by death on the
battlefield.
The specialist in Texas history will encounter little new infor-

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