The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

that preceded the Omaha convention by four years, realignment among
Hispanic leaders in 1890, fusion with local Democrats in 1892, and col-
lapse prior to the 1894 election. New Mexico's disregard of basic issues
like railroad regulation, currency reform, or the subtreasury provide addi-
tional impediments to sorting out true from false New Mexico Populists.
Larson erred by looking too strictly for New Mexican articulations of
Anglo-Saxon agrarian radicalism that developed elsewhere; he cannot ex-
plain factors that do not fit the model-he presents Hispanic activism, for
example, as either identical with Populism or a minor contributory force.
Along the way, however, Larson conclusively demolishes the interpretation
that turmoil in New Mexico was one-shot silverism and he challenges
characterizations of territorial politics as one-party rule more concerned
with development than reform. His greatest contribution stems from his
picture of endemic agitation sparked by indigenous local problems. Thor-
ough examination of these outbreaks may prove Howard Lamar's specula-
tion true that Larson coined a new phrase: "New Mexico Populism .. .
may come to mean a form of social protest . .. more truely populistic than
its southern or midwestern forms" (p. xi).
University of Massachusetts, Boston ROBERT J. ROSENBAUM
Crimson Desert. By Odie B. Faulk. (New York: Oxford University Press,
1974. Pp. vii+237. Illustrations, bibliography, index. $8.95.)
Apache Lightning: The Last Great Battle of the Ojo Calientes. By Joseph
A. Stout, Jr. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. Pp. vii+
210. Illustrations, bibliography, index. $8.95.)
These two books deal with related topics. They were written by col-
leagues in the same institution. They come from the same publisher and
designer, are the same size, and cost the same price. They share some of
the same virtues and some of the same faults. Crimson Desert is a popular
history of the warfare that brought about the collapse of the Navajos,
Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, and southern Cheyennes. The locale is
Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico. (One
wonders if Faulk consciously intended a desert parallel to S. L. A. Mar-
shall's Crimsoned Prairie.) Apache Lightning is a specialized study of one
aspect of Faulk's story-the final struggle in 1877-1880 of Victorio and
the Warm Springs Apaches. Here the locale is chiefly New Mexico, West
Texas, and Chihuahua.
In Crimson Desert Faulk synthesizes standard sources to relate, once more,


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