The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Book Notes

ministry or politics, the first teaching position in Cleburne, and sub-
sequent scholarships and graduate work at Vanderbilt and California.
One is not surprised to find two pages devoted to Herbert Eugene
Bolton-Rippy says he could have easily written a long chapter about
him.
Rippy's first position after receiving his doctorate in 1920o was at
the University of Chicago, where he spent six "not unhappy years,"
in spite of the climate, living conditions, hayfever, and some campus
cleavages. Then there was a decade at Duke, followed by twenty-two
years at Chicago until his retirement in 1958. In Rippy's opinion, the
University, one of the nation's "Big Four" in the 1930's, suffered a
great loss of prestige and renown during the administration of Robert
Hutchins, who was "well-meaning but tactless," "autocratic," and
"possessed of too great a passion for innovation." During those years
Rippy says he was a sort of recluse, devoting most of his time to the
classroom and the direction of research-"No colleague in history
ever spent more time in the classroom;" and "few associates in any
history department ever prepared more students for higher degrees
or surpassed me in the number of pages I wrote and published. .. "
Finally, there is some advice and a bit of philosophy. Hard work
and close, tolerant, and friendly relations with the most talented stu-
dents are highly recommended; and research and publication nearly
always result in better teaching. Rippy is somewhat pessimistic about
the future of the human race, and he fears that he might live until he
becomes as poor as he was in his youth. He is gratified, therefore, that
God and fate decided that most of his life should span the late nine-
teenth century and the early decades of the twentieth.
Texas Western College W. H. TIMMONS
Book Notes
The Otoes and Missourias: A Study of Indian Removal and the Legal
Aftermath. By Berlin Basil Chapman. Oklahoma City (Times Journal
Publishing Company), 1965. Pp. xviii+4o5. Illustrations, appendices,
index. $7.50.
The Otoes and Missourias is essentially the result of a report by Pro-
fessor Chapman prepared for the Indian Claims Commission. The re-
search upon which Chapman bases his study is superb. Rarely has any
scholar worked the resources of the National Archives so extensively and
exhaustively. But Chapman's style and organization of material do not do

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