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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980

Southwest Historical Quarterly

that by 1865, in substantial part because of the refusal of Louisiana
whites to accept substantial race equality, Lincoln was moving toward
Radical Republican race positions (p. 4). McCrary begins his book
very dramatically and appropriately with Lincoln's April 11, 1865,
public address, which became his last (but of course Lincoln expected
to be president until March 1869). Lincoln, concludes McCrary (p. 356),
"as a pragmatic politician, if not as a man with a commitment to social
justice for the freedman, . . . could hardly have escaped the conclusion
that at the end of the War there was nowhere to go but to the left."
Instead, Andrew Johnson's "counter-revolution" (Chapter X) distorted
national policy down to far lower levels of race decency.
McCrary's Lincoln and ... The Louisiana Experiment is clearly and,
often, vigorously written. Its organization is commendably rational.
The author is one of the increasing number of younger historians which
refuses to be intimidated by once-arcane methodologies. Eclectic con-
cepts, techniques, and literature drawn from quantification, political
philosophy, law, economics, and sociology share the research and analy-
sis stage with more traditional historical method and data. The result is
better history. Rather than quibble further about minor points, I choose
to employ my remaining words to urge McCrary (and others) toward
comparative wartime and post-Appomattox Reconstruction studies in-
volving several crumpled Confederate states. Meanwhile, my thanks.
Rice University HAROLD M. HYMAN
San Antonio Was: Seen Through a Magic Lantern. By Cecilia Stein-
feldt. (San Antonio: San Antonio Museum Association, 1978. Pp.
246. Preface, foreword, introduction, illustrations, bibliography,
index. $21.95.)
This volume is more than a catalogue of the Albert Steves slide col-
lection or a pleasant thumbing through an album of old San Antonio
photos. The author has taken an extensive photographic slide collection
and organized it into a comprehensive topical visual history of the
Alamo City in the last half of the nineteenth century, during which
San Antonio grew from a village west of the Anglo-American frontier
to the largest city in the largest state. The fully annotated text is at
least as important as the illustrations, for it goes beyond describing the
images to placing them in their proper cultural and social context.
There are familiar photos here, but the many rarely seen views over-
shadow them. Some are pure delights-as when wagons disappear under

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