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Galveston's Black 'Carpetbagger' in Reconstruction," in the Houston
Review, V (Winter, 1983), 24 - 33. From such research, this author can
attest to the quality and thoroughness of Moneyhon's treatment of the
noted black leader.
All the essays in Rabinowitz's volume are well researched and well writ-
ten. Each article is properly documented, with endnotes showing much
quality research by individual contributors. Further, the volume has a
much-welcomed index.
Overall, the essays by Moneyhon and others-such as John Hope
Franklin, David C. Rankin, and William C. Hine-leave little doubt that
the once popular Dunning school of Reconstruction historiography is now
in retreat and may one day be banished from the battlefield. Editor
Rabinowitz and his contributors should all be congratulated for their ef-
forts. It is to be hoped, at least from a revisionist's perspective, that the
time will come when even the general public will put to rest the outmod-
ed views advanced by the Dunning school.
Oklahoma State University JAMES M. SMALLWOOD
The Making of a Ranger. Forty Years with the National Parks by Lemuel
A. Garrison. Foreword by Russell Dickenson. (Salt Lake City:
Howe Brothers, and Sun Valley, Idaho: The Institute of the
American West, 1983. Pp. x + 310. Acknowledgments, foreword,
introduction, photographs, epilogue, appendix. $19.95, cloth;
$i0.95, paper.)
The Making of a Ranger is the autobiography of Lemuel Alonzo Garrison,
a National Parks Service professional, whose career spanned forty years
of public service and preservation of our national heritage.
Lon Garrison spent much of his youth on a farm outside Caldwell,
Idaho. His mother was an avid bird-watcher, and through her he learned
an appreciation of nature. In the spring of 1930 Garrison interrupted his
college studies in psychology to pursue his interest in natural history and
a yearning for travel. He obtained a summer job as a fire fighter for the
U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, but at the end of the summer he was not
ready to return to college. He took a teaching job in Haines, Alaska, where
he met his wife, Inger Wilhelmine Larsen. Their fifty-three-year mar-
riage ended with Garrison's death on February 14, 1984.
Garrison joined the National Park Service in 1932 as a summer seasonal
ranger, and later landed a permanent ranger job. In 1939 he moved up
to his first management assignment, as superintendent of Hopewell Village
National Historic Site, Pennsylvania. Garrison developed his park manage-
ment skills, and his assignments included many of the most prestigious

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