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

Book Reviews

handle, or major changes in established dioceses such as that in Galveston. The
final four chapters detail the role of the Catholic press in the years preceding
World War II, the wartime experience of Texas Catholics and their church, and
the immediate postwar period.
Through these chapters Moore provides a clear explanation of the historical
trajectory of the institutional church in Texas. Describing the effects of the
Galveston hurricane of 1900oo, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of the KKK, Fer-
gusonism, the two World Wars and the Great Depression, the author paints a
clearly detailed picture of fifty years of Texas Catholic history. Individuals famil-
iar with the Texas Catholic leadership will delight in learning more about the
complex challenges overcome by individuals like Mother Margaret Mary Healy
Murphy, Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin of Galveston, and Archbishop
Robert E. Lucy of San Antonio.
Readers should understand, however, that those seeking a theoretically driven
or critical history will have to look elsewhere. Acts of Faith describes the historical
context surrounding church history, but it does not engage critically the deeper
significance of that history. The book does not locate itself in relation to other
scholarly literature. Moore cites the work of John Tracy Ellis, American Catholi-
cism (University of Chicago Press, 1956), and Carlos Castafieda, Our Catholzc Her-
itage (Arno, 1976), but he invokes them for reference material, and does not
engage the authors historiographically. Methodologically speaking, the book de-
pends very heavily on the Southern Messenger. In chapter one, for example, of the
43 endnotes, only three list other sources. In this regard, the book falls short of
Moore's previous work Through Fire and Flood: The Catholic Church in Frontzer
Texas, 1836-z9oo which is steeped in a broader array of sources and which tells
a deeper, more satisfying story.
Despite such concerns, however, the book has much to recommend it. It will
appeal to readers interested in the institutional history of the Catholic Church
and provide a wonderful addition to the library of Catholic Churches and orga-
nizations. Teachers of Catholic history will find an enormous amount of infor-
mation about the historical development of the church. Overall, Moore succeeds
in providing an eminently accessible, well-organized piece of institutional
church history, which compliments nicely, but does not surpass, his first book.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christz Anthony Quiroz
Investzgate Everythzng: Federal Efforts to Compel Black Loyalty during World War I. By
Theodore KornweibelJr. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2oo2. Pp.
x+323. Prologue, epilogue, notes, index. ISBN 0-253-34009-8. $39.95,
cloth.)
Investigate Everythzng represents an attempt to provide a clear look at the way in
which intelligence services perceived African Americans during World War I.
Most of the evidence, retrieved from the National Archives, demonstrates that
the federal government was fairly paranoid about what it saw as a coming racial

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