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

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standable sympathy for the black freedom struggle and the morality of the move-
ment, which can cloud objectivity. At times disturbing in its despairing view of
American race relations, the book provides an important assessment of a persis-
tent national problem that should appeal to students of African American histo-
ry, as well as social and cultural historians.
Texas Christian University Mary L. Kelley
2ooz--A Texas Folklore Odyssey. Edited by Francis Edward Abernethy. (Denton:
University of North Texas Press, 2ool. Pp. ix+354. Preface, illustrations, in-
dex. ISBN 1-57441-140-3. $32.96, cloth.)
With some frequency the Texas Folklore Society publishes a "miscellany" col-
lection as its annual volume. The miscellany publication for 2001 presents the
research and interests of the members of the society in the two or three years
preceding the millennium. Great diversity in style and content distinguish these
miscellanies and is a striking virtue of this book. Surely there is something here
for everyone and even many "somethings" for most of us.
This book celebrates and calls out our better emotions. It would be a hard-
hearted soul indeed (or at least a person who is not yet a grandparent) not to
get all moisty-eyed once or twice while reading Hazel Abernethy's "Grandparent-
ing." The reader will surely nod in sage agreement with Joyce Roach's "Baby
Lore: The Why and Wherefore of It," chuckle contently at George Ewing's de-
scription of "Mother's Model T," laugh uproariously at Archie McDonald's "Up-
pity Women," and cry again finishing J. G. Pinkerton's powerful coming-of-age
story "The Breakfast of Champions."
Important documents are presented and explained in this collection. Kevin
Hill and Jim Stuart introduce and present two letters to Milton Fly Hill from J.
Frank Dobie that reference some of Dobie's graduate school experiences at
Columbia University. Francis B. Vick quotes from, describes, and helps place in
context "The Roy Bedichek Family Letters." The entire Bedichek family was
clearly exceptional and Roy Bedichek is confirmed particularly insightful, pro-
found, and witty.
Occupations are explicated in this book. Kenneth Davis looks at "The Watkins
Man" from the consumer's perspective at a time when bartering produce and
farm goods was an integral part of just getting along in rural America. Mike Cox,
"This story has no Leeeeede!" exposes the newspaper industry through "ten ba-
sic newspaper folklore categories." If you don't laugh out loud reading the "Ty-
pos and Busted Heads" category you've no sense of humor at all.
Practical education is included in this book. As Thad Sitton explains, "Careful-
ly carved from the horn of a cow or steer, the blowing horn was a long-range
communication device for use in the big woods." Sitton describes the blowing
horn codes used by early settlers in deep East Texas in hunting, animal hus-
bandry, and in emergencies. Peggy Redshaw describes "How Cloth was Dyed
during the Civil War in Washington County, Texas." Carolyn Norgaard describes
how to use various kinds of sidesaddles and why ladies no longer have to ride

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