The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 99, July 1995 - April, 1996

Book Reviews

But Ginell has certainly established Milton Brown in the pantheon of Texas and
Southwestern music as a seminal figure whose influence shaped the musical cul-
ture of the region long after his untimely death.
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin JOHN WHEAT
The Texas Folklore Society, 1943-I97. By Francis Edward Abernethy. (Denton:
University of North Texas Press, 1994. Pp. vii+320. Preface, bibliography,
index. ISBN 0-92939-878-5. $29.95.)
As the second volume in a projected trilogy, this informal history of the Texas
Folklore Society provides readers, particularly latter-day members of the venera-
ble organization, access to a rich heritage. Volume II chronicles the high points
of annual meetings as well as the society's publishing history under two secre-
tary-editors. Mody C. Boatright, who assumed the position in 1943, afterJ. Frank
Dobie relinquished the position he had held for twenty years. In 1964, Wilson
M. Hudson began his tenure, which would last until 1971, when the current edi-
tor and author of this history succeeded him.
A potpourri of social history, society proceedings, and authorial comment,
one of the book's valuable aspects is the carefully researched profiles of remark-
able Texans who have contributed their talents to maintaining a viable organiza-
tion despite World War II travel limitations and the social upheavals of the
1960s. Inclusion of correspondence and anecdotes involving major players
through the years reveals the engaging personalities of such members as
Marcelle Lively Hamer, society treasurer for seventeen years; Allen Maxwell, one-
time editor of the Southwest Review; C. Leland Sonnichsen, prolific writer of
Texas history; and Elizabeth Brandon, who escaped the Holocaust to become a
professor of French at the University of Houston. Of most value to historians
and book collectors is the publication of both the contents of the society's annu-
al publications and the programs presented at its annual meetings.
McMurry University Lou RODENBERGER
Texas: An Illustrated History. By David McComb. (New York: Oxford University
Press, 1995. Pp. 144. Chronology, index. ISBN 0-19509-246-2. $23.00,
paper.)
Texas: An Illustrated History is a simplified version of David McComb's earlier,
successful work Texas: A Modern History (University of Texas Press, 1989). Young
readers can now benefit from McComb's scholarship and clarity of expression.
Although it contains illustrations on every page, it is not primarily a coffee-table
picture book. Instead, it is a history of Texas from its prehistoric beginnings to
the present, combining anecdotes, generalizations, and personality portraits in a
pleasing narrative style. The illustrations have been carefully chosen to reinforce
the text, rather than the other way around. The value of the book is further
enhanced by the inclusion of sidebars containing interesting vignettes about

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