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been certified by the American Forestry Association as the largest of their
kind found anywhere in the United States. The trees by themselves may
not seem important, but when viewed in the perspective of historic events
they become invested with the interest we have in the history itself.
The editor identifies ninety-six trees which are living at the time of pub-
lication. Included is a map which locates each tree with respect to the
geographic area, highway, and community, and which is keyed to a colored
photograph of the tree and a page describing its place in Texas history.
Although the map lacks a scale and a key for identifying symbols, one who
is familiar with the geographic regions of Texas and the ranges in eleva-
tions (shown by color shading) will find it useful.
This type of publication should have been brought out earlier, since
many of the state's historic trees have already been lost forever. However,
this book will help many people appreciate our heritage and should,
hopefully, encourage people to move toward identifying, protecting, mark-
ing, and making accessible other famous trees of the state.
This book-designed to serve as a reference-might be thought of as
a guidebook to a "museum of trees in Texas." Certainly, the Texas Forest
Service is to be commended for publishing a volume which will be of
interest to historians, naturalists, and tourists.
North Texas State University ROBERT A. MILLER
New Mexico, Past and Present: A Historical Reader. Edited by Richard
N. Ellis. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1971. Pp. 250.
Selected bibliography. $4.95.)
Richard Ellis's New Mexico, Past and Present is the first book of read-
ings on New Mexico since the publication in 1937 of New Mexico's Own
Chronicle by Maurice Garland Fulton and Paul Horgan. That work con-
sisted entirely of primary sources. Ellis's collection includes only secondary
accounts and, judging from the sophistication of some of the articles, seems
designed for college level history courses.
Ellis's twenty-one selections feature mainly "name brand" historians
writing on such major events and issues of New Mexico history as the
Pueblo Revolt and the struggle for statehood. The selections are nicely
balanced between the colonial and modern periods and are of high quality
in themselves, but the editor has been too cautious. He fails, for example,
to cross disciplinary lines or to select essays interpreting the meaning of
New Mexico's rich historical experience. Although the readings treat con-
troversial isues, conflicting interpretations are lacking, due largely to the
nature of New Mexico's historiography. Three of the pieces (originally
given as papers at Western History Association conferences) have not been
published previously: Warren A. Beck on the Penitentes, Robert W. Lar-
son on Populism, and Gustav A. Seligman on Bronson Cutting. Footnotes,
as is unfortunately the custom for this genre, have all been deleted.
San Diego State College
DAVID J. WEBER
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed December 25, 2014.