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

Book Notes

poluted set, ring click, secesh, kid glove, paper collar, brass stud, mooving
mass of corruption. I say, if they could through any means escape the
punishment to which their crimes so justly intitle them, then I should
loose faith in an omnipotant God and wonder for what purpose hell
was instituted and once more let me say, after they have sined away their
day of Grace, let these erreclaimable, hardened and infamous black
mailers, sane or insane, knaves, tools or maniacs, go and regale their
dubious fancies in the contemplation of their own depravity. (p. 185)
No apologies need be made for his spelling, the meaning is clear
enough. The editor, the illustrator, and the publisher are to be com-
mended for an entertaining contribution to the growing shelf of good
Texas books.
Stephen F. Austin State College JAMES L. NICHOLS
Book Notes
The Southwest: Old and New. By W. Eugene Hollon. Lincoln (Uni-
versity of Nebraska Press), 1,968. Pp. xxi+487. Illustrations, maps,
bibliographical notes, index, paperback. $2.95.
This paperback edition of Hollon's The Southwest: Old and New is
especially welcome to teachers needing inexpensive material to use in
courses dealing with the cultural integration of institutions in the Ari-
zona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma regions. The original publica-
tion date (1,961) of the hardback dates the statistics in the volume, but
the insights and predictive suggestions of the author are still fresh and
meaningful. By developing the complex features of the Southwest, he
shows the results of interchanges between the Anglo and Iberian from
the great Spanish sheep landlords to the frontier Sooner of Oklahoma.
These interchanges encompassed economics, politics, and social-cultural
customs in a physical environment affecting each group somewhat
differently.
What could otherwise be dull is highlighted by historical glimpses
not only in swift pictures of such boundary-shattering events as the Mexi-
can War but also by the vignettes about small-town characters. The latter
part of the volume deals suggestively with the impact of growing urban-
ization on the essentially rural, rainfall-dependent Southwest. From
Phoenix to Tulsa, from San Antonio to Los Alamos we glimpse changing
ways, habits, and values. The author's intellectual liberalism shows at
times a lack of complete objectivity and sympathy for the people's
choices, such as "Ma and Pa Ferguson" and "Alfalfa Bill Murray," char-
acters with whom the tenant farmers could identify, however much their
shortcomings were apparent to the more knowledgeable.
Many of the wide, overall subjects treated in this encyclopedic discourse

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