The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

incursions bring the tale of man's presence into the nineteenth century.
The remaining two-thirds of the book chronicles the Anglo-American re-
sponse to the region in chapters on trading posts, on exploration, on the
slaughter of the buffalo, on the military conquest, and finally on ranching
and settlement. The study fades out in the final decade of the nineteenth
century, after the United States Census recorded that the frontier of settle-
ment in the Panhandle, like that in the United States as a whole, could no
longer be delineated.
The Texas Panhandle Frontier is more a report than a story, and though
it draws together a substantial amount of information, it presents little fresh
data for the seasoned Panhandle historian. Good maps supplement the text,
but none are adequate to support the progress of the several expeditions
the author traces creek by creek across the region. As an introduction to
its subject-and the first overview of Panhandle history-the book is frus-
trating because of its uneven treatment. The decade of military conquest
following the Civil War, for example, receives twice the attention as the
succeeding fifteen to twenty-five years of occupation by cattlemen and set-
tlers. In the footnotes, however, the volume does provide the general reader
with a fine compilation and critique of the published sources for Panhandle
history.
Georgia State University DAVID B. GRACY II
The Making of an American. By Anton Postl. Translated by Ulrich S.
Carrington. (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, I974. PP-
xii+2 II. Foreword, biographical study. $6.95.)
Comanche Days. By Albert S. Gilles, Sr. (Dallas: Southern Methodist Uni-
versity Press, I974. Pp. vii+126. $6.95.)
The Southern Methodist University Press offers two additional volumes
in its Bicentennial Series in American Studies. The Making of an American
is a product of the fecund mind and facile pen of Anton Postl (1793-1864),
a Moravian priest who escaped the Metternich regime and came to the
United States via New Orleans in I823. For nine years he traveled the
frontier, studying the land and its inhabitants, then settled in Switzerland
where he began a prolific literary career under the pseudonym of Charles
Sealsfield. His stories of the southwestern border captivated a large Euro-
pean audience. One of his works, The Cabin Book, had greater effect on
immigration than all of the colonization schemes combined.
In a splendid Foreword to the present volume, Ray Allan Billington iden-

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