Platforms of Political Parties in Texas. By Ernest William
Winkler. Bulletin of the University of Texas, 1916, No.
53. Pp. 700.
This stout volume, perhaps the largest bulletin yet issued by
the University of Texas, is the most valuable collection of Texas
historical source material that has appeared in recent years. Not
only are the materials it contains absolutely essential to any one
who would write the history of the political parties, but they are
almost equally valuable to the man who would prepare himself
thoroughly for participation in the public affairs of the State.
The volume is a. great mine of information concerning the prob-
lems of State and nation with which our fathers had to deal, and
it will undoubtedly prove a most useful handbook alike for future
platform makers and for students of the State's political history.
The aim of the author and some of the difficulties encountered
are set forth in the following paragraph taken from the author's
modest prefatory note:
"This collection of platforms of the political parties of Texas
aims at completeness. It is the first attempt to collect them.
Newspaper files have been drawn upon almost exclusively for the
data presented. The files of newspapers prior to 1880, available
for this work, were very incomplete. The conventions of the
minor parties are given only brief space in the daily papers; their
proceedings are correspondingly more difficult to locate. In some
instances, they have perhaps been passed over without any notice
at all. The lists of candidates are usually those nominated by the
conventions; many changes occur between the date of the conven-
tion and the election, but it has been impossible to follow them up.
The same is true of the personnel of the State executive com-
mittees. Great care has been used to have all names correct, but
the opportunities for error are so great that doubtless many escaped
correction." (P. 3.)
The contents of the book fall into three parts. The first part is
a carefully prepared account of the origin of political parties in
Texas; the second, and much the largest part of the volume, con-
sists of the texts of the political platforms; while the third part,
the appendix, contains much valuable statistical material concern-
ing elections in this State.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/. Accessed August 20, 2014.