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

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votes so much effort to the consideration of the "times" that Juarez the
man becomes lost in the great mass of detail. The jungle of Mexican presi-
dential politics from 1855 to 1872 is examined in far too complete a
fashion, especially for a work of such brevity. It is unnecessary to present
all of the minor actors on the Mexican political stage in an era in which
cabinets were reshuffled every few days.
The assessment of the historical role of Juarez is presented in only two
paragraphs in an epilogue of but five pages. Even with these deficiencies
this is the best brief study of Juirez available in English and as such serves
a valuable purpose. Serious students of Mexican history, however, will still
have to consult the classic by Ralph Roeder in order to obtain a "feel"
for Juarez the man.
California State University, Fullerton WARREN A. BECK
Seventy-five Years of Texas History: The Texas State Historical Association,
1897-1972. By Dorman H. Winfrey. Introduction by Joe B. Frantz.
(Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1975. Pp. x+38. Illustration,
appendix. $7.50.)
The 197os are said to be an age of nostalgia. This little volume will have
nostalgic meaning for readers of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the
voice of the Texas State Historical Association. The content represents
speeches made in 1971 and 1972 by Dorman H. Winfrey, who is dubbed
in the felicitous Introduction by Joe Frantz as "Mr. Association." The
readers will concur in that designation.
For his presidential address in 1972, when the Association had reached
its diamond anniversary, Winfrey chose to tell the story of those "Seventy-
five Years of Texas History." The year before, speaking from personal
experience before and during his prolonged career in the Association office,
he had related at a regional meeting in Jefferson the story of the Junior
Historian movement. That speech, titled "A Bridge between Generations,"
is the second part of this book. On both occasions he put the organizations
in their historic settings and spotted unerringly the philosophic backgrounds
and the major accomplishments of the people who directed their activities
and those who composed their membership. Those speeches need no re-
capitulation in a review. To summarize would detract from the readers'
enjoyment in pursuit of the theme.
A review should be objective. This one has to be subjective because my
own memories go back to 1924, when I graded papers for W. P. Webb

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