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

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challenge the legality of the grant itself; but if the grant's boundaries
stood as surveyed, hundreds of settlers faced the choice of coming to
terms with the land grant company or getting out. With the minister as
their spokesman, they resisted the company until McMains's death on
April 15, 1899, at the age of fifty-six.
McMains's desperate and exhausting fight against the Maxwell Land
Grant Company took many forms. Not only did he represent the set-
tlers in Washington, but he also led them in armed resistance-and
some men died. He continually stirred them with his speeches and his
pen. In the end the company's claims were sustained by the United
States Supreme Court. However, the controversy between the settlers
and the land grant company continued to affect northern New Mexico
emotionally and politically for the first fifty years of the twentieth
century.
Morris F. Taylor, professor of history at Trinidad State Junior Col-
lege (Trinidad, Colorado), began his research in the late 1940s when the
Maxwell Land Grant Company records were still stored in a Raton
office under the custody of the town's First National Bank. Taylor in-
terviewed descendants of the settlers who took part in the conflict. He
carefully inspected the court records, newspaper files, land records, and
many other government documents and publications. Not only did he
correspond with a number of people who took part in the conflict, but
he had access to family records and letters that threw additional light on
the events. The result is a most interesting and scholarly study. Taylor
died in 1979, before his book was published, but he deserves the thanks
of western scholars across the country. O. P. McMains and the Maxwell
Land Grant Conflict makes an important contribution to the history of
New Mexico.
North Texas State University JIM B. PEARSON
The Establishment in Texas Politics: The Primitive Years, x938-957.
By George Norris Green. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press,
1979. Pp. xiii+3o6. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index.
$22.50.)
For those Texans who consider themselves conservatives, who sup-
ported the state governors from W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel through
Allan Shivers, who disliked University of Texas President Homer P.
Rainey and admired J. Evetts Haley, Martin Dies, and Joseph McCar-
thy, The Establishment in Texas Politics will not be pleasurable read-

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