The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

All scholars and teachers working in the field of African American and ethnic
history need this second edition in their libraries, even if they already own the
first edition. We are all indebted to Barr for his mastery of the topic and his ded-
ication to this significant field of inquiry.
1996-1997 Texas Almanac CD-ROM: All the Information You Want and Need about
the Great State of Texas. (Dallas: The Dallas Morning News, 1996. Complete
1996-1997 edition text, additional text, approx. 1,277 images, scrollable
text, hyperlinked tables, graphics, references, single disk Windows/Macin-
tosh versions, text search, bookmarking, multimedia integration, teacher's
edition available. $39.95.)
Will wonders never cease? Now our old friend, the Texas Almanac, has been is-
sued on CD-ROM. This new electronic edition comprises all information con-
tained in the 1996-1997 printed volume, plus extra historical materials. The
CD-ROM version (pictures but no sound) works well; just point and click. Would
you like to review church membership in Texas? Just scroll down the Table of
Contents, click on Religion, and voila!-all kinds of statistics about churches and
First issued in 1857 by the Galveston News, this popular and respected directo-
ry has been published biennially since 1904 by the Dallas Morning News. The lat-
est volume, edited by Mary G. Ramos, maintains its traditional character,
providing a wealth of demographic, governmental, industrial, environmental,
and cultural information, as well as more than a dozen features of popular histo-
ry. There's a time line relating Texas history to events elsewhere, a retrospective
listing of state officials, plus historical sketches of cattle ranching, petroleum,
railroads, women's rights, higher education, female pastors, and the San Saba
Mission. In some, but not all these historical articles, Ramos cites the assistance
and/or publications of professional historians such as Alwyn Barr, Robert A.
Calvert, Randolph B. Campbell, Carl H. Moneyhon, and James Smallwood.
Music and its history in our state are covered in three features: "Texas Music:
Its Roots, Its Evolution," "Women in Texas Music," and "Texas Musicians." Writ-
ten by Dallas newspaperman Jay Brakefield, the articles are concerned with a va-
riety of popular forms: country & western, blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues,
Tex-Mex, and rock n'roll. There's plenty about Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins, Buddy
Holly, and Janis Joplin. Want to see a picture of Janis? Just click on the camera
icon beside her name and presto!-there she is, mouth open, hair flying, caught
forever between bump and grind.
Unfortunately, these "Texas Music" articles make no mention of classical mu-
sic and opera, traditions that began here before the Civil War and came to full
flower years ago. As noted in the New Handbook of Texas (1996), professional
symphony orchestras and opera companies long have thrived in San Antonio,
Dallas, and Houston; and numerous artists and composers have arisen through-
out the Lone Star State. Maybe in the next Almanac, we'll get to see a picture of



Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed November 29, 2015.