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ing pressure of social and economic injustices. Chapter Nine ("The
Epic Revolution") comes as a relief, but the price of nearly 2,000,000
lives lost during the conflict sobers one immediately. The author
describes how the turning point had been reached by 1924, and the
gradual improvement which slowly began to take place thereafter.
The final chapter ("At Last") describes an increasing social and eco-
nomic betterment which by 1965 had reached an unprecedented rate.
In this clearly written, perceptive analysis of Mexican history,
Professor Cumberland has judiciously utilized archival material as
well as recent research. There are no footnotes. The section titled
"A Selective Guide to the Literature on Mexico" adequately meets
the requirement of a bibliography. This book would be an excellent
text for a survey course on Mexican history. For the general reader
searching for an explanation of the Mexico of today, as well as the
serious scholar, it should be required reading.
Monterrey, N. L., Mdxico E. V. NIEMEYER, JR.
Cornerstones: A History of Beaumont and Methodism, 184o-1968.
By Rosa Dieu Crenshaw and W. W. Ward. (Beaumont, 'Texas:
First Methodist Church Historical Committee, 1968. Pp. xv+269.
$5.85-)
Rosa Dieu Crenshaw and W. W. Ward have succeeded in pro-
ducing a comprehensive story of the development of the First Meth-
odist Church of Beaumont from the early pioneer days of East
Texas to the present. The appeal of the book will be primarily
to those people who have been affiliated in some way with that
church. As one who has lectured in the Beaumont church and known
several of its pastors personally, I find that the appeal of the book
is to be found in the devotion of the people of Beaumont which
made the progress of the church possible.
From the beginning, one feels the excitement of the pioneering
spirit of those who organized and fostered the growth of this city
and church. In the face of many dangers, including disease, wild
animals, Indians, and financial difficulties, these people, many of
them itinerant preachers, persevered in the establishment of this
work of God. Two events are illustrative of this formative period:
the Civil War that brought most of the work to a halt; and the dis-
covery of oil at Spindletop that brought "boom" conditions to Beau-
mont. Through adversity as well as overwhelming abundance, the

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