The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

chored it in fact by carefully cross-checking deeds and census records.
The result is similar to those wonderful nineteenth-century scrapbooks
in which sentimental poems and old dance programs are pasted in an
old ledger, overlaying columns of figures about cotton prices and cus-
tomer's purchases. Reading through the book is the equivalent of
spending a summer's worth of Saturday afternoons on the porch of the
Sprinkle store, sifting old-timers' conversations for information. We are
told that slavery was only "nominal" in Texas, and that many blacks
preferred it to freedom; we are given explicit instructions on how to
build a rail fence, and the names of everyone in the community who
voted Populist in 1892 (from a list compiled by the Democratic elec-
tion judge); we read long, rambling stories about Cousin Sally who
moved to Nocona in i900.
Like spending an afternoon in a country store, reading Kingdom
Come! Kingdom Go! is enjoyable and instructive-if the reader has
the background to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Museum of New Mexico LONN TAYLOR
Richard Bennett Hubbard: An American Life. By Martha Anne
Turner. (Austin: Shoal Creek Publishers, Inc., 1979. Pp. xv+ 191.
Preface, illustrations, bibliography, index. $15.)
This book, by Martha Anne Turner, a former member of the De-
partment of English of Sam Houston State University, should never
have been published as it is written. It would have been far better to
have published the doctoral dissertation of Jean Sutherlin Duncan,
entitled "Richard Bennett Hubbard: Texas Politician and Diplomat"
(Texas A8cM University, 1972). Turner's biography of Richard Ben-
nett Hubbard, a southern gentleman, lawyer, politician, Texas dis-
trict attorney, governor, and minister to Japan during Cleveland's
first administration, is poorly organized and in interpretation even
worse. The preface, with exaggeration, credits Hubbard with having
"guided his adopted state [Texas] through its precarious years of
adolescence" (p. xiii); with having "pioneered railroading in Texas"
(ibid.); with having "directed Texas through her agonizing days of
secession, dethroning the Unionist giant, Sam Houston" (ibid.); and
with the "establishment of a tax-supported public school system"
(p. xiv). The index refers the reader to pages 22-23 for Hubbard's
"role in removing Houston from office," but we find no statement re-
garding Hubbard's activities in the Texas secession convention of

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