The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 107, July 2003 - April, 2004

Book Reviews

War to the present. Paintings are generally in glorious color and are sometimes
reproduced page-size. A few pictures depict events beyond the Pelican State,
such as the Acadian ouster from Nova Scotia and a radiant painting of an unper-
turbed Napoleon astride a rearing stallion perched at the edge of a cliff, which
reflects the strange New Orleans fascination with the man who sold off the
province. Landscapes of moss-covered cypress trees and bayous, rivers, marshes,
floods, and water figure prominently in the illustrations and in Louisiana's histo-
ry. Beginning with celebrated historical and political figures, the pictures evolve
in more recent times to include outstanding men and women in the arts, and
Louisiana has its fair share of writers, musicians, and playwrights. Most readers
will find the final chapter absorbing since it provides an insight into the present-
day state. After the Huey Long era, noted for change as well as corruption, au-
thor C. E. Richard focuses on conditions facing Louisianans today: the nagging
problem of race relations that has not disappeared (a narrow white majority vot-
ed for losing clansman David Duke for governor in 1991), education in a state
long noted for leading the nation in illiterates, and a shift in the state's economy
from agriculture to greater industrialization (which has polluted the Baton
Rouge-New Orleans corridor), and the age-old question of honesty in govern-
ment. Dapper four-time governor Edwin Edwards today sports prison-stripes.
Although the volume's short length forced the author to be selective in the
events and people that characterize each time period, the selections are general-
ly sound and provide the casual reader with a fairly accurate accounting of
Louisiana's past. Richard includes a selected bibliography for individuals who
wish to probe deeper into the state's rich history. While the volume has nothing
on Texas, it draws sharp attention to the tremendous differences that lay just
across the Sabine River.
Fort Lewzs College Emeritus Gilbert C. Din
Paul Baker and the Integration of Abilities. Edited by Robert Flynn and Eugene
McKinney. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 2003. Pp. vi+261. Il-
lustrations, photographs, charts, contributors, index. ISBN 0-87565-271-9.
$35.00, cloth.)
Paul and Kathryn Cardwell Baker inspired generations of theater scholars, de-
signers, architects, performers, educators, and, ultimately, patrons. This book is
a fitting tribute to the Bakers' legacy and an important reminder of the creative
powers that can be unleashed through institutions of higher education. As Dar-
rell Baergen, current chair of communications at Hardin-Simmons University,
recounts: "Never had I been challenged so consistently to introspection.... [or]
to respect my creative process" (p. 79) than when inspired by the "Integration of
Abilities" course that Baker taught while at Baylor and Trinity Universities.
Baker's contributions to the performing arts are divided into three general
categories. First, as a producer, Baker injected modernist attitudes of geomet-
ric simplicity, subjectivity, and psychological restlessness into both canonical
and contemporary plays. As Baker writes of Shakespeare's Iago, the character
"had several distinctive psychological facets to his personality .... Why couldn't
two or three actors working as a single unit be used to do on the stage what

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