Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and was written by a graduate student in the Urban History Seminar of
Professor Robert C. Cotner of the University of Texas at Austin. The major
generalization emerging from the various chapters is that community lead-
ers in these Texas cities faced problems fully as complex, if not more
complex, as those confronting community leaders today. Other generali-
zations that can be drawn from this collection of chapters on Texas cities
are that community leaders made commendable, cooperative efforts to
keep local governments financially sound, to keep the school and university
systems operating, and to help the poor and unemployed; but, as problems
intensified, community leaders turned to higher levels of government to
solve local problems.
Perhaps because the authors of this book rely heavily on newspaper
accounts of depression conditions, little can be gained from the book about
the perspectives from which poor people viewed these conditions-particu-
larly transients, minorities, and young people.
Because each chapter contains much material that is repetitious, the
general reader will probably find of interest only that chapter on the city
or cities with which he identifies. Likewise, for university students studying
history, urban affairs, or the social sciences, two or three chapters rather
than the entire book will suffice as supplementary reading to give an
impression of city conditions in Texas in the Great Depression.
The book, however, does aim at filling a void in writings on Texas-
urban areas. It is hoped that work done by Professor Cotner's seminar will
point other scholars toward researching and writing on urban topics.
Texas A&M University CLAUDE D. DAVIS
Chicano Bibliography. Compiled by Jane Mitchell Talbot and Gilbert R. Cruz.
(Austin: Pemberton Press, 1973. Pp. vii+375. Bibliography, index. $9.50.)
Tejanos, Chicanos, and Mexicanos. Compiled by James A. Wilson. (San Mar-
cos: Southwest Texas State University, 1974. Pp. iii+99. Bibliography,
index. No charge.)
The criteria for judging bibliographies are completeness, organization, and
indexing. Both of these examples are selective, both are understandably organ-
ized, and both are well indexed. The Talbot and Cruz volume while larger is
not annotated; the Wilson volume has both annotations and short introductory
essays heading the major sections. My preference is for Wilson-it is newer,
cheaper (one hopes), and the essays and annotations make it more useful.
North Texas State University
G. L. SELIGMANN, JR.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101203/. Accessed April 1, 2015.