The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

locations. Subsequent chapters cover farmsteads, ranches, battlefields,
forts, and early industrial sites, such as sugar-refining and pottery-
making operations. Fox includes a historical summary with each head-
ing and places the archaeological sites within a historical perspective
and framework. Sections on artifact findings and identification are
particularly useful. However, a note specifying final repositories, mu-
seums, or institutions housing the collections would be welcome.
Fox successfully accomplishes a difficult task in producing a com-
pendium and summary of historical archaeology in Texas. In his intro-
duction, he states that he hopes the work is interesting, enlightening,
and satisfactory to historians and archaeologists, both amateur and
professional. To present "Texas history from an archeological point
of view to a large and varied audience" (p. xvii) is certainly no easy
undertaking, but Fox has done an admirable job.
With an increase in interest in material culture and in adding fur-
ther dimensions and diversity to the study of Texas history, many
secondary and college teachers will find Traces to be a valuable con-
tribution in the classroom. And for those of us who have spent many
hours scanning archaeological journals and commission reports for
archaeological work on eighteenth-century French and Indian trade
or mid-nineteenth-century brick making, Traces is refreshingly wel-
Star of the Republic Museum D. RYAN SMITH
The Selected Essays of T. Harry Williams. By T. Harry Williams.
(Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983. Pp. 276.
The Selected Essays of T. Harry Williams from Louisiana State
University Press endeavors to bring together some of the late historian's
best short works. Fourteen essays, arranged under the headings "Civil
War and Reconstruction," "Military Policy," and "Biography," span
the author's career from the late 1930s to his death in 1979. An eleven-
page biographical introduction by Estelle Williams, his wife and re-
search associate, places his writings in context and presents affection-
ate reflections on his years of teaching in Baton Rouge.
The essays, which vary in quality, include some of his most sig-
nificant papers. His presidential address to the Southern Historical
Association, "The Gentleman from Louisiana: Demagogue or Demo-
crat," is reproduced here, as is his inaugural address to the Organiza-


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