The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969

Book Reviews

Using autobiographies, diaries, letters, newspapers, reports of pro-
ceedings, and other sources, Bullock describes the education of Ne-
groes during the slave regime, the enthusiastic establishment of public
schools during the equalitarian period of the missionary teacher and
the radical reconstructionist, the great detour to separate and planned
inequality in education, the cooperative endeavor of northern philan-
thropists and southern educational leaders to improve the education
of Negroes within the context of white supremacy, and the quest by
Negroes for equal educational and other opportunities within a just
society. There is a consistent theme in these pages: Negroes desired
equality and moved boldly or by indirection toward it, as the occasion
permitted.
This Bancroft Prizewinning book is a significant contribution to
the history of education and the history of race relations in the South.
It maintains the standard set by such historians of southern education
as Charles W. Dabney, Carter G. Woodson, Horace M. Bond, and
Louis Harlan.
St. Edward's University CLAUDE H. NOLEN
Diario y Derrotero: 1777-z781. By Fray Agustin de Morfi. Edited by
Eugenio del Hoyo and Malcolm D. McLean. Serie Historia,
Nimero 5. Monterrey, Nuevo Le6n (Instituto Tecnol6gico y de
Estudios Superiores de Monterrey), 1967. Pp. 472. Indexes, maps.
Almost two centuries ago, Fray Agustin de Morfi served as chaplain
on an extended inspection tour made by Teodoro de Croix between
August 4, 1777, and June 1, 1781, through portions of what are today
the Federal District, Hidalgo, Coahuila, Texas, New Mexico, Chihua-
hua, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Nayarit. Morfi maintained a day-to-day diary
while on the tour and after his death the manuscript apparently be-
came a part of the archive in the Convento Grande de San Francisco
in Mexico City. Subsequently, portions of the diary got scattered, and
it was not until 1967 that the entire manuscript was drawn together
and published. The editors and publisher have made a distinctly
valuable contribution in making the entire document available to
scholars concerned with the greater Mexican Northwest, that portion
of Mexico covered most completely in the diary.
This reviewer is more familiar with northwestern Mexico's land-
scape and history than with that of the Central Plateau and therefore
is inclined to assess the worth of the manuscript from what Morfi said
about the Northwest. The value of the document is made clear when

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