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

Book Reviews
NORMAN D. BROWN, Editor
Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921-1928. By
Norman D. Brown. (College Station, Tex.: Texas A8cM Univer-
sity Press, 1984. Pp. xiv+568. Acknowledgments, introduction,
photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $29.50.)
This book is the first of a proposed two-volume history of Texas
politics from 1921 to 1938 and is the initial publication in a new series,
Texas A&M Southwestern Studies, under the general editorship of
Robert A. Calvert and Larry D. Hill. The author focuses on statewide
elections, gubernatorial policies, and legislative activities from the in-
auguration of Governor Pat M. Neff in January, 1921, through the
bitterly fought presidential campaign of 1928, in which the Lone Star
State went Republican for the first time in its history. In treating the
state's politics during this period, Brown analyzes four campaigns for
governor, three gubernatorial administrations, three United States
Senate races, and two presidential elections. He gives a great deal of
attention to the three principal issues referred to in his title: the Ku
Klux Klan, Fergusonism, and the prohibition of alcoholic beverages.
The work is based on prodigious research in manuscript collections,
newspapers, government documents, unpublished dissertations and
theses, and secondary literature. It extends the coverage of Lewis L.
Gould's Progressives and Prohibitionists: Texas Democrats in the Wil-
son Era (1973), a fine study of Democratic factionalism between 1911
and 1920.
Brown's most notable achievement is his authoritative and balanced
reconstruction of the state's kaleidoscopic Democratic politics in the
1920s. He also captures much of the controversial mood and intense
involvement of the Texas electorate during this period. His major
dramatis personae are the three governors of the decade-Pat Neff,
Miriam A. Ferguson (with her husband James E. Ferguson), and Dan
Moody. He discusses a host of other public figures as well and throws
light on many other aspects of the political scene, including the KKK,
the operation of the state legislature, the coalition of women's groups

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