The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

Book Reviews

forty-niners, cattle barons, railroad builders, and politicians.
What a pageant is here presented! The conquest of this last
American frontier proceeded with varying rapidity. At times
there was a trickling in of the venturesome; occasionally there
was the reckless abandon of a mining rush; sometimes the
movement was stayed for the moment because of sudden obsta-
cles, such as Indian raids, drought, grasshoppers, or even the
"black blizzard." Instances occurred when there was an actual
retreat, but taken as a whole there was a relentless advance.
The description of the white man's adjustment to the strange
and quite often extremely difficult environment of "Western
America," his utilization of the vast and varied resources of
the section, and the rise of a culture peculiar to the people are
told with sympathetic understanding.
In view of the excellence of this book it hardly seems neces-
sary to point out the few errors noted. Joel R. Poinsett resigned
his position as minister to Mexico in 1930 (p. 309) ; Corpus
Christi is at the mouth of the Nueces, and not on the Rio Grande
(p. 323); there is a discrepancy in reference to the Sac and
Fox cession to Scott (p. 288 and p. 383); and one-fourth and
four-fifths add up more than the whole (p. 585). Even so, there
are astonishingly few errors for a first edition. The authors
are to be congratulated and Prentice-Hall has rung the bell
again.
J. L. WALLER.
College of Mines and Metallurgy.
Colorado, the Centennial State. By Percy Stanley Fritz.
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1941. Pp. xii, 518. $3.75.
In the preface to this work the author says that his purpose
is "to tell the fascinating story of the Centennial State;" and
that he has given "particular attention to local events which
have had national significance as well as to the way in which
State affairs have been modified by national policy."
The book has a number of good features. The binding, the
excellent print on high grade paper, and the presence of a large
number of carefully selected pictures and cuts make it very
attractive in appearance. The chapters are divided by topical

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