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

Book Reviews

and war, and the anomalous status of white intruders. And, taken
together, the chapter introductions provide a fairly complete outline
of historical developments among the Five Tribes during the period
considered.
Yet one does find some difficulties with the book. The editor gen-
erally casts all Indians into a "progressive" or "conservative" mold,
when a distinction based upon blood quantum would occasionally
have been more appropriate. Additionally, to describe wealthy tribes-
men as Indian "robber barons" who had contempt for their conserva-
tive brethren is to make inferences unsupported by the interviews
themselves and to employ concepts designed to describe nineteenth-
century white America. Finally, some sections rely heavily upon inter-
views from a single tribe, although the organization of the book would
imply that the conditions and circumstances detailed were applicable
to all.
These problems aside, Nations Remembered is an important con-
tribution to Indian studies. Indeed, were it not for its excessive price,
the book would be suitable for classroom adoption.
Oklahoma State University W. DAVID BAIRD
Eighter from Decatur: Growing Up in North Texas. By Jim Tom
Barton. (College Station: Texas AcM University Press, 1980.
Pp. xx+ 149. Preface, illustrations, bibliographic notes, index.
$12.95.)
Jim Tom Barton, a native of Decatur, Texas, brings together his-
torical information, family happenings, gossip, newspaper stories, and
yarns (either true or "told for truth") to give us a look at life in a small
North Texas town in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Decatur, located forty miles northwest of Fort Worth, was a thriving
town, reflecting the area's general farming prosperity at the turn of
the century. It was during these years, too, that the chant "eighter
from Decatur, county seat of Wise" was born-an unknown soldier
rolled the dice and shouted the words ultimately known to every
soldier needing an eight to win the pot.
Barton takes us back to Decatur in the 1920s through a series of
vignettes and descriptions grouped topically under chapters on school-
ing, religion, the law, health care and funerals, playing and fighting,
secret organizations, and tobacco and corn whiskey.
Each recollection, however brief or plain, contributes to our under-

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