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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

ment in the lands about the Colorado River. Bastrop was in fact a cer-
tain Philipp Bagel, a Dutch citizen and a refugee from justice, who had
given himself a string of fancy names and a baronetcy into the bargain
upon his arrival in North America. As a legislator in the Mexican state
of Coahuila y Tejas he stubbornly abetted Anglo-Saxon colonization in-
cluding of course the introduction of slavery. He founded no colony and
the Germans should not be burdened with this "dunkle Ehrenmann."
Next we are told that in May, 1841, Prince Karl von Solms-Braunfels
"came out with his colony of one hundred and fifty families" (p. 292).
The date of arrival in Comal County was actually Good Friday, March
21, 1845. Von Hagen then supplies us with a bewildering array of half-
truths and misinformation about a few major and far too many minor
figures who played roles among the German settlers of Texas. Yet he
makes no mention of, for example, the Klebergs, Castroville, the Nueces
Massacre, Elisabet Ney, Friedrich Petri, Frank van der Stucken, Chester
W. Nimitz, et al., etc.
Your reviewer would be dishonest if he asserted that von Hagen had
done signally better by the many other topics he deals with. Moreover, at
length irritating stylistic infelicities and errors in English, German,
Spanish,and Latin begin to grate upon the reader's nerves. One wonders
why this book was produced at all. The illustrations are its most pleas-
ing feature, but even these are often not particularly apropos, and their
captions are vapid.
University of Texas, Austin G. SCHULZ-BEHREND
The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. By Elmo Richardson. (Law-
rence: Regents Press of Kansas, 1979. Pp. 218. Bibliography, index.
The latest in a series of volumes on the various presidential admin-
istrations, intended, according to the series's editors, "to cover the broad
group between biographies, specialized monographs, and journalistic
accounts" (p. vii), Elmo Richardson's book on the Eisenhower presiden-
cy provides a concise coverage which sticks closely to politics, gov-
ernment, and foreign policy. Although Richardson punctuates his
treatment with quotations from correspondence, interviews, and other
materials in the Eisenhower Library and seeks, he says, "to stir the
reader to take new measurement of the subject" (p. ix), he offers little
in the way of new information or new interpretation. Richardson re-
mains rather solidly within the conventional Cold War consensus in


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