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

Book Reviews

Cole has explored every aspect of the Mexican steel industry, including
a projection of production by 1970. By that year, he believes, the
industry will be producing about 3.33 million tons, which will be suffi-
cient for domestic needs and give a surplus for export. But lest United
States steel producers panic at the prospect of Mexican steel competi-
tion, it should be pointed out that in 1964 steel from "junked" auto-
mobiles in the United States more than doubled total Mexican steel
production.
Michigan State University CHARLES C. CUMBERLAND
The Centennial Years: A Political and Economic History of America
from the Late I870s to the Early z8gos. By Fred A. Shannon.
Edited by Robert Huhn Jones. Garden City (Doubleday & Com
pany, Inc.), 1967. Pp. xvi+362. Illustrations, bibliography,
index. $6.95.
The late Professor Fred A. Shannon of the University of Illinois
was well known to students of the American West for burying the
notion of a frontier "safety-valve" which absorbed discontented urban
workers and for his critical dissection, at the request of the Social
Science Research Council, of Walter Prescott Webb's The Great Plains.
Webb once remarked that "if anybody ever sets up a Pulitzer Prize for
criticism, [Shannon] will have a good claim to several ex post facto
awards." His other books include: The Farmer's Last Frontier:
Agriculture, 186o-z897; American Farmers' Movements; a text on
American economic history; and a Pulitzer Prize winning study of
the organization and administration of the Union Army.
During 1955-1956, Shannon worked on a manuscript of a political
and economic history of the United States from the Centennial Year
to about 1892. However, he then turned to a history of American
agriculture and The Centennial Years was unfinished when he died in
1963. Working from one or more rough drafts for each chapter, a
Shannon student, Professor Robert H. Jones, completed the manu-
script, trying to keep it "Shannon's book in Shannon's style," and to
preserve his organization and point of view. Jones has written a
biographical preface and added a list of Shannon's fourteen Ph.D.
students, their locations, and their dissertation topics. This, then,
is a variety of the traditional Festschrift in which grateful students
salute the "old man."

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