The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

1969 lecture, previously unpublished, in which Link reconsiders his
Albert Shaw Lectures of 1956 and briefly characterizes Wilson's Open
Door policy in a way which should provoke a response from New
Left historians.
The volume also contains three of Link's most important inter-
pretations regarding progressivism: "The Progressive Movement in
the South, 1870-1914," "The South and the 'New Freedom,' " and
"What Happened to the Progressive Movement in the 19o's?"-a
frequently anthologized and much debated essay. Finally, the book
reprints three miscellaneous essays on the agricultural depression
of 1920o-1921, the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, and Samuel
Taylor Coleridge.
This collection contains an excellent nineteen-page analytical index
and will be of value to all students of Wilson and progressivism.
Rider College JOHN W. HILLJE
Sketches of Life in the United States of North America and Texas.
By F. W. von Wrede. Translated from the German by Chester W.
Geue. (Waco: Texian Press, 1970o. Pp. xv+2o8. Illustrations, notes,
references, index. $7.95.)
Unfortunately, most students of nineteenth-century Texana lack
the linguistic ability needed to utilize the great wealth of contempo-
rary material published in German. Only the accounts of Ferdinand
von Roemer, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Gustav Dresel, Ferdi-
nand von Herff, and the notoriously unreliable Viktor Bracht have
previously been translated. To these is now added the work by Fried-
rich Wilhelm von Wrede, a captain in the royal Hannoverian army
who came to America in 1836. Numerous other first-rate travel ac-
counts, particularly those of W. Steinert, Heinrich Ostermayer, and
the geographer Julius Frabel, still await much-deserved translation
and publication.
Von Wrede traveled widely until his death at the hands of the
Comanches near Austin in 1845. His journeys were not exclusively
in Texas, but also carried him through the Mississippi and Ohio
valleys and as far afield as New York City and Philadelphia. He rates
only fair as an observer of the life and times of mid-nineteenth-
century Texas, certainly inferior to Roemer, Steinert, and Ostermayer
among the German writers. Von Wrede displayed the conceit and

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