Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The central fact about this plodding book is that it was researched
and largely written more than ten years ago. An "unreconstructed
Populist," Shannon repeated the accepted textbook cliches about
bloated "Robber Barons," abused and downtrodden workers, em-
battled yeomanry, venal politicos, and Tweedledum-Tweedledee
political parties-stereotypes which are, at best, half truths. The Gilded
Age is in need of reassessment. Thorough-going condemnation without
qualification is too harsh a verdict. Revision is now underway in the
work of younger scholars like H. Wayne Morgan and Vincent P. De
Santis on politics, Irwin Unger on banking and currency, Herbert
Gutman on labor, Ari Hoogenboom on civil service reform, and
Walter Nugent on Populism, to name only a few. Since Shannon could
not benefit from their studies, all completed since 1956, his book
is a kind of pre-Copernican view of the world of Gilded Age
University of Texas NORMAN D. BROWN
The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago. Edited by Wilson M. Hudson and
Allen Maxwell. Publications of the Texas Folklore Society Number
XXXIII. Dallas (Southern Methodist University Press), 1966.
Pp. vii+2o4. Illustrations, contributors, index. $5.95.
From J. Frank Dobie's delightful recollections of John A. Lomax
at the first to Wilson M. Hudson's provocative discussion of Jung's
view of myth at the last, The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago maintains
that combination of good humor and quality scholarship identified
with the previous publications of the Texas Folklore Society.
The first eight of the twenty-one articles included in the volume
center around the theme of the cowboy and his interpreters. Three
deserve special mention. "Cowboy Lingo" by John A. Lomax, written
in 1917 and only partially published until now, is an important ex-
ample of a pioneering effort to discover and preserve the language of
the cowboy. Paul Patterson's somewhat romantic "The Cowboy's
Code" offers insight into the values of the cowboy's world. The impact
of the cowboy in a medium far from the range is discussed by Mody
Boatright in "The Cowboy Enters the Movies," an entertaining and
informative examination of the plots and characters of western movies
prior to 1913.
The remainder of the articles range from A. L. Bennett's short
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117145/. Accessed September 2, 2014.