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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Book Reviews

Texas in the War, 1861-1865, is primarily of value because it
brings together in one encyclopedic volume much of the basic
information on Confederate Texas, which was previously avail-
able only in a variety of other sources. Simpson's industrious
editing is also quite useful; although citations to sources for
each note would have helped future users of the volume to de-
tect and avoid the scattered errors which crept in. Seventy pages
of illustrations-several quite rare-display the usually bearded,
unsmiling visages of Texas' Confederate civil and military lead-
ers, Governor Sam Houston's secession election proclamation,
and Governor Edward Clark's call for 2,ooo troops in August,
The White Path. By W. E. S. Folsom-Dickerson. San Antonio
(The Naylor Company), 1965. Pp. xiv+ 148. Illustrations,
bibliography. $3.95.
A majority of master's degree theses are soon decently buried
in the obscure recesses of university libraries, having served a
useful purpose. Normally such theses are allowed to molder in
their dignified resting places, only occasionally being consulted
by the curious or needful, worth-while features being appreciated
and utilized, defects noted and passed over. Even more rarely
these academic cemeteries are desecrated, a thesis is exhumed,
its ancient carcass paraded in the harsh light of a newer day by
publication. Such is the case of the slender volume under review.
The original thesis was submitted to the graduate school of the
University of Texas in 1952 as "The White Path Ethnology of
the Alabama-Koasati Indians of Texas," by the then W. E. S.
Dickerson. Although the reviewer did not compare the book to
the thesis line for line, it is readily apparent that no additional
information is to be found in the book. At least one section, a
kinship chart, has been deleted. Otherwise the thesis has merely
been printed, as is; even mistakes in spelling have been per-
The book is essentially a superficial ethnography of an accultur-
ated tribe. As a description of some aspects of Alabama-Coushatta
life in the 1940's it is adequate, occasionally entertaining, and


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 6, 2015.