The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

Book Reviews

leading issue in the region as a result of the severe depression in the
silver industry. In this narrowing of its programs, he argues, mountain
Populism resembled the nation. Perhaps a better point would be that a
prosilver position may have made Populists different from other par-
ties at the national level, but did not do so in the mountain states.
Tempe, Arizona JOHN DIBBERN
The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography. Edited by
Michael L. Tate. (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1986. Pp.
xix+514. Editor's foreword, preface, maps, name index, subject
index. $52.50.)
Traditionally, scholarship on the history and culture of Texas In-
dians has all but begun and ended with William W. Newcomb, Jr.'s
seminal work, The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times.
While Newcomb's book has stood the test of time and remains a highly
satisfying treatment, during the last two decades much innovative re-
search has been completed, research that has provided valuable ground-
work for a new, authoritative study of the various peoples who once
inhabited Texas. In his work The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research
Bibliography, Michael L. Tate hopes to facilitate new syntheses by alert-
ing researchers to what is now a substantial body of materials.
Tate's work has much to recommend it. As the first full-length bibli-
ography of works on Texas's rich, but largely forgotten, Indian heri-
tage, The Indians of Texas would be a success simply because it is unique.
Yet to praise Tate merely for producing something new would be to
minimize his efforts. This is nothing less than an exhaustive (some
3,791 entries) compilation that stresses examples of recent, innovative
research, such as archaeological reports, oral history projects, and
sociological articles, in addition to the more standard, largely narrative
accounts. As such, Tate's effort promises both to promote the exchange
of ideas within the field and to aid researchers regardless of level of
interest. Both aims are furthered by the editor's practice of listing re-
search guides and document collections. Finally, Tate's annotations,
many of which offer interpretive judgments regarding the quality of
sources, will provide scholars with helpful and time-saving informa-
tion. In short, this ninth volume in the Native American Bibliography
Series of the Scarecrow Press will come as a delight to scholars inter-
ested in the history of the earliest inhabitants of Texas.
Part of the appeal of this work derives from its clear organizational
scheme, which divides the volume into two separate books. The first
concentrates on cultural facets and, logically, is arranged by tribe. Here

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