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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The author also is able to portray settlement in North America as
a south to north movement as much as it was one from east to west.
His excellent work on Spanish spatial forms is highly enlightening and
leads to a view of the European encircling the Great Plains and the
Rocky Mountains, rather than approaching them exclusively from the
east.
Painstakingly researched, amply documented, crafted with fine liter-
ary references and examples, and brightened by the author's own il-
lustrative photographs, The Common Landscape of America, 1580-
1845 is a remarkable book. It is one that no close observer of the
shapes, forms, and structures of this continent can afford to miss. As
essential for the professional as for the aficionado, or perhaps the car
traveler, it answers many of the questions that occur to any careful ob-
server viewing the way Americans have ordered the continent. Stilgoe
makes visible what all too often we take for granted: that humanity, by
its needs and wants, forms and shapes the physical environment with
which it comes in contact.
The University of Texas at Austin HAL ROTHMAN
Fifty Years in Texas Politics. By Richard Morehead. (Burnet, Tex.:
Eakin Press, 1982. Pp. vii+324. Foreword, prologue, photographs,
illustrations, index. $16.95.)
Richard Morehead's Texas. By Richard Morehead. (Burnet, Tex.:
Eakin Press, 1982. Pp. viii+ 189. Preface, illustrations. $9.95.)
Richard Morehead, a conscientious political reporter in Texas for
half a century, most of that time for the Dallas Morning News, has
written two books, one a summary of Texas politics during his period,
the other a collection of his occasional pieces on nature, personalities,
and his domestic life.
Fifty Years in Texas Politics is a roughly chronological review of
principal state elections, along with characterizations of the governors
of the state, from 1933 to 1982. The style is journalistic (with many
one-sentence paragraphs, for instance), and the approach is broad and
sketchy. While Morehead draws from some few books, magazine ar-
ticles, and reports, he relies mainly on newspaper stories (mostly from
the Dallas News) and on his memory. He brings in national affairs as
these have borne on Texas politics, but in his book as in his work his
beat is the statehouse.

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