The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992

Book Reviews

This outsider's view of the inside of Jim Wright's Speakership will not likely
be the key reference for future historians, but it does offer important insights
and information that should not be ignored.
Unzverszty of Texas at Dallas ANTHONY CHAMPAGNE
Santa Fe: Hzstoiy of an Ancient Cty. Edited by David Grant Noble. (Seattle: Univer-
sity of Washington Press, 1989. Pp. xii+ 155. Foreword, introduction, ac-
knowledgments, illustrations, map, suggested reading, index. $29.95,
cloth; $16.95, paper.)
The Santa Fe Trazl Revisited. By Gregory M. Franzwa. Foreword by James M.
Ridenour. (St. Louis: The Patrice Press, 1989. Pp. xxviii+ 273. Foreword,
acknowledgments, introduction, maps, illustrations, bibliography, index.
$12.95, paper.)
David Grant Noble and Gregory M. Franzwa have given the general reader
and the interested historian an introduction and guide to the Santa Fe Trail
and its southern terminus, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Noble, a writer and director of public information at the School of American
Research, has edited a collection illustrating the history of Santa Fe. This book
fills an important void as Santa Fe lacked a recent professional historical treat-
ment. The scholarship in this volume has appeared in various forms elsewhere
such as the New Mexico Historcal Revzew. Noble's selections, however, give his
book strength in that the research is in one readable volume suitable for both
the general reader and the scholar who wants an introduction to the history of
Santa Fe without the trouble of researching several journals. Contributors are
both anthropologists and historians of the Southwest like Marc Simmons and
Janet Lecompte. Collectively, the authors cover the Indian pre-history in the
Santa Fe area, the Spanish settlement of Santa Fe, the Pueblo Revolt, the city's
Hispanic social structure, the American conquest, Santa Fe as a trade center
before the Civil War, and the Governor's Palace. This volume's bibliography,
though, could have been more substantive, especially when considering the ab-
sence of chapter notes. Hopefully, this well-illustrated book will mark the first
of more to follow that will trace the history of this southwestern town, an im-
portant gateway to the Santa Fe Trail, the link binding New Mexico and the
United States.
Franzwa, an active publicist of the Santa Fe Trail and member of the Santa Fe
Trail Association, gives a thorough guide to this historical highway. In many
respects, Franzwa's work resembles Marc Simmons's Followzng the Santa Fe Trail
(1984), which Franzwa often references. Franzwa's guide, however, is a bit
more detailed and keeps the traveler on the actual trail itself. Franzwa's conver-
sational style is the strength of his guide but also its weakness. Sometimes his
tongue-in-cheek comments, especially about Indians, are misleading. For ex-
ample, Franzwa wrote; "[T]he Osage were a troublesome lot ... And for no
reason at all, really. All the whites really did was run them out. The [Osage] had
no right to the land at all-check in any courthouse (p. 72)." Franzwa's anec-

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