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

Book Reviews

showed that southerners were fundamentally loyal to the union and
willing to compromise to preserve it. These accomplishments hardly
add luster to the reputation of the convention, for in Congress and
elsewhere, before and after 1850, southerners were quite able to make
known their grievances, debate the best course to follow regarding the
expansion of slavery, and demonstrate their unwillingness to secede.
Jennings also makes much of the influence events in Nashville had
on the passage of the Compromise of 1850, but her evidence fails to
show that members of Congress were swayed by news from the con-
vention. These criticisms are not meant to detract from the author's
contributions. Utilizing a wide variety of sources, including manu-
script census returns, Jennings presents a straightforward, detailed
narrative of the process that led to the calling of the convention and
of its two sessions. A most valuable part of the book is the extensive
data it supplies on the delegates. For anyone interested in this episode
in the history of the antebellum South, Jennings's volume is the ob-
vious place to begin.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library GARY W. GALLAGHER
German Culture in Texas. Edited by Glen E. Lich and Dona B.
Reeves. (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980. Pp. 341. Preface,
chronology, illustrations, notes and references, selected bibliogra-
phy, index. $16.)
As is evident from the tone of this enjoyable collection of essays,
the range of subjects, and the excellent near-fifty-page bibliography,
the German Texans, always noticeable, are becoming even more pop-
ular-even among themselves.
All but two of these papers were presented at the "Multicultures
of the Southwest: A Symposium on the Texas Germans," held at
Southwest Texas State University in 1978. Together, they are a cele-
bration of the ethnic awareness of third, fourth, and later generations
following immigration and of those who study such revivalist feelings.
The essays present the motives for the several original German
emigrations, the actions those people took and had to take in a new
land, and the beliefs and feelings and languages they carried to their
new home. The story-for the essays fit together not as a complete
history, but as a complete feeling-is generously laced with accounts
of individual accomplishment.
Not discussed, with few exceptions, are the failures: those who re-


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