The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

chores. From a questionnaire sent to county extension agents, Allen
found that improved transportation has helped overcome the problem
of rural isolation; rural electrification and labor-saving technology have
freed women from many dreary tasks; education, the print and elec-
tronic media have provided new information bases and vistas; and the
women's movement has opened the doors of employment, increased
participation in politics and business, and heightened self-awareness
and self-confidence.
Texas Country is a timely book that asks Texans to seriously think
about the direction their state is taking, and what they want to do about
it. Agriculture and energy, John J. McDermott notes, have placed Texas
on the cutting edge of change internationally. This can bring with it
tremendous economic gains as well as great social and cultural losses
for the state's rural heritage.
University of South Florida, Tampa ROBERT E. SNYDER
How Fort Worth Became the Texasmost City, 1849-192o. Text by Leonard
Sanders. Photo captions by Ron Tyler. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian
University Press, 1986. Pp. xii+ 2o1. Preface, photographs. $29.95.)
Texas Christian University Press has issued a new edition of a book
first published by the Amon Carter Museum in 1973 to commemorate
the centennial celebration of Fort Worth's incorporation. Although
there are some minor changes in the historical narrative, the most im-
portant modification in this edition is the integration of more than 125
photographs with the written text. This has been done at some sacrifice
to the quality of the photographs, but the overall effect is worth it.
By using both historical photographs and a text that includes exten-
sive quotes from primary sources, the author has sought to explore the
development of the basic character of the city. The thesis of the book is
clear-Fort Worth was greatly affected and shaped by "a wider variety
of the westering experience" (p. 1). The military, cows, railroads, gun-
slinging sheriffs and desperadoes all play an important role in this his-
tory of Fort Worth.
The book is divided into five chapters and follows Fort Worth's early
development along chronological lines, from the city's founding as a
fort in 1849 through its rugged frontier existence in the 1870s to its
maturation as a city by 1920o. The written text discusses events and per-
sonalities that helped shape the city, while the photographs nicely docu-
ment the city's changing physical characteristics.
This book provides an entertaining glimpse of early Fort Worth while
presenting a relatively simple and comprehensible overview of the


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