The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

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1873 the Texas Republicans had lost control of both houses of the
legislature, the governorship, and all the state's seats in Congress.
Moneyhon writes well and makes an intricate story understandable.
He has used a wide range of primary sources and newspapers from
several archives in Texas, and pored over valuable papers in the
Library of Congress and the National Archives, especially the Justice
and Treasury Department records, and the files of the army's Fifth
Military District. Students may still want to consult Charles W. Rams-
dell's Reconstruction in Texas (1910) on some points, but Moneyhon's
book is more thoroughly researched and better argued than William
C. Nunn's Texas under the Carpetbaggers (1962). Carl Moneyhon
has written the best modern history of Reconstruction in Texas.
Texas A&M University, Galveston JOSEPH G. DAWSON III
Region, Race, and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of C. Vann
Woodward. Edited by J. Morgan Kousser and James M. Mc-
Pherson. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. Pp. xxxvii+
463. Preface, introduction, bibliography. $25.)
Festschrifts invariably cause difficulties for publishers. But this one
must have been less problematic than most, for, with but a couple of
exceptions, the contributions honoring C. Vann Woodward are stimu-
lating and of a high quality. Furthermore, they are not idiosyncratic
but are focused on major themes and aspects of southern history,
namely regional identity, race relations and racial attitudes, and the
Reconstruction period.
Although the essays have been grouped according to the three
topics in the book's title, their content and scope can perhaps be
better grasped by categorizing them differently. There are, for exam-
ple, three pieces on racial perceptions-Louis R. Harlan's discussion
of Booker T. Washington's views of and relationships with promi-
nent American Jews; Thomas C. Holt's perceptive comparison of
official attitudes toward the emancipated slaves in the United States
and Jamaica; and Robert F. Eng's intriguing presentation of the
contrasting ways in which Indians and blacks were viewed and treated
at Hampton Institute. Then there are interesting assessments of two
regional spokesmen, the sociologist Howard W. Odum, by Daniel T.
Rodgers, and Henry Hughes, the proslavery apologist, by Bertram
Wyatt-Brown. Three more contributions are biographical, a medium
employed so brilliantly by Woodward in his life of Thomas Edward
Watson-Charles B. Dew's life history of a slave in the Virginia iron

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