The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

Book Reviews

but he gives us only marginal information regarding the conflict
and its consequences for the church in Texas (many of the older
ministers, and a few of the younger ones, declined to enter the
union). He does remind us in the epilogue that there is a continuing
Cumberland Presbyterian Church within the state as well as in the
nation, including in Texas, in 1967, some lo3 churches with a mem-
bership of 9,605. "Outwardly," as the author says, "there is little
to remind one of the work done by devout Cumberland Presbyterian
pioneers who lived dangerously and died willingly in order to spread
the Christian Gospel in Texas. Yet their influence lives on far beyond
the bounds of denominational loyalties and enterprises."
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary ERNEST TRICE THOMPSON
The Republic of Texas. Edited by Stephen B. Oates. (Joint publica-
tion of the Texas State Historical Association and the American
West Publishing Company. Palo Alto, California: American
West Publishing Company, 1968. Pp. 80. Illustrations. Hard cover,
$3.95; Paper cover, $1.95.)
Joe B. Frantz's essay, "Lone Star Mystique," introduces and sets
the tone for this collection of essays by delving into some of the
impossible stereotypes and myths that envelop Texans today. Ques-
tioning why Texas is associated "with empire-size activities, empire-
size wealth and empire-size egos," Frantz asserts that the excesses
of myth have distorted the positive factors of Texas. And if these
excesses were diluted, "Texas could realize a true autonomy of grace
and culture and attainment."
In his essay, "Flag of Illusion," Cecil Robinson reviews the history
of the Texas Revolution, and contends that an investigation into the
actual abuses suffered by Texans under Mexican rule is not suf-
ficient in itself to explain the event. Because he sees the conflicts
that led up to the Revolution as essentially cultural in nature, with
both peoples functioning under different assumptions, Robinson
concludes that the result could have been none other than war.
Especially, he adds, "given the added combusion of race antagonism."
The next two essays and a contemporary account pose serious
questions and thought-provoking conclusions regarding the battle
of the Alamo, the battle of San Jacinto, and the Texas Navy.
Walter Lord's "Myths and Realities of the Alamo," although ad-
mitting that all great events have their legends, severely criticizes

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