The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003

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Dawson, to improve conditions and may be the only historian to write on women
prisoners during the period.
Throughout the book, Curtin attempts to make her case for the importance
of the convict lease in the building of the New South. Like others who write on
this subject, with a few notable exceptions, Curtin argues that convict leasing was
a critical element in Alabama's effort to create an industrial labor force. At no
point, however, does she provide any statistics on the proportion of the Alabama
work force that was imprisoned. If she had, she would have had to explain how
such a small percentage of workers became so critical to the industrialization of
the state. In fact, the impact of the convicts was primarily felt in a part of a single
industry. And in that case one might argue, as George Frederickson has suggest-
ed, that the effect of convict leasing has been repeatedly exaggerated.
University of South Alabama HENRY M. McKIVENJR.
Exhibition Review
Sunrise zn His Pocket: The Life, Legend & Legacy of Davy Crockett. Bob Bullock
Texas State History Museum, March 2-August 18, 2oo2. Guest Curator,
Paul Andrew Hutton
During the four months in which they worked feverishly with guest curator,
Crockett collector, and Crockett biographer Paul Andrew Hutton of the
University of New Mexico to pull together and mount the exhibit Sunrise in Hzs
Pocket: The Life, Legend & Legacy of Davy Crockett, Director Lynn Denton and her
remarkable staff of the young Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum no
doubt had little time to ponder David Crockett's famous words-"Be always sure
you're right, then Go Ahead." Nevertheless, the museum was absolutely right to
go ahead. This one-time exhibit made possible in large part by grants from the
Belo Foundation and the Boeing Company, and on view March 2-August 18,
2oo2, is remarkable for its concept, its breadth of coverage, its design, and its
handling of the interplay between Crockett the man and Crockett the frontier
legend and American icon.
Assembled from institutions and especially private collectors from New Jersey
to California are documents and artifacts including a rifle owned and used by
young Crockett, a journal from a Tennessee store patronized by Crockett, letters
in Crockett's hand, clothing worn by Indian fighters on the Southern frontier
during the War of 1812, Mexican army headgear of the period of the Texas
Campaign, the page from the manuscript of Mexican officer Enrique de la Pefia
recording Crockett's savage death following cessation of fighting at the Alamo
on March 6, 1836, and the 1849 daguerreotype of the Alamo, the only known
photograph of the chapel before reconstruction the following year. Crockett the
legend begins to take form in a station devoted to James K Paulding's 1830 play
The Lion of the West, in which the hero, Col. Nimrod Wildfire, is patterned on
David Crockett; in editions of the Crockett Almanac; in the substantial masthead

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