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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

bibliography is something scholars simply cannot be without. Con-
taining 766 entries, it is topically arranged and efficiently cross-in-
dexed. No student of history or biography involving the Mexican War
can afford to ignore what has been assembled.
Not everyone will agree with all the evaluations; but this reader
agrees with the vast majority. Yet, subscribing or failing to subscribe
to Connor-Faulk historiographical conclusions, any sensible scholar
dealing with the period will-at the very least-carefully weigh them.
This book is a "must" for thousands of libraries. It ought to be trans-
lated into Spanish. And, minimally, every college and university stu-
dent in the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America
should have access to it.
University of Kentucky HOLMAN HAMILTON
The Black West. By William Loren Katz. (Garden City, New York:
Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971. Pp. xiii+336. Appendix, bib-
liography, illustrations, index. $ 1o.)
Employing a format that blends his narrative and interpretive pas-
sages with lengthy quotations from related primary documents and
some 265 sketches and photo illustrations, William Loren Katz has
examined the wide but often neglected range of black people's activi-
ties, contributions, and frustrations on America's southern and west-
ern frontiers from the close of the fifteenth to the early twentieth cen-
tury. Individual chapters on black explorers, fur traders, settlers, cow-
boys, homesteaders, infantry, and cavalry, on slavery in the West, on
black involvement in the development of California and Oklahoma,
and on black participation in the Spanish-American War sustain Katz's
charges against historians who have so long discredited or disregarded
the realities of a black presence on the frontier. The eleventh and
final chapter summarizes the persistent racism that characterized white
America's response and relates it to the dominant majority's negative
attitudes toward other nonwhite peoples.
By his use of first-person accounts, public records, and the works of
other historians, Katz has distilled and evaluated a complex aspect of
this nation's history and of the black community's past. In this he has
provided a valuable service. Students and general readers especially
will find The Black West informative and fascinating. Designed as a
documentary and pictorial history, the book ought not be judged by
all the standards normally applied to a monographic, analytical study.


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