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

Book Reviews


Sometime after the war and his imprisonment, Wheeler en-
tered politics in Alabama as a somewhat unorthodox Bourbon.
Elected to Congress, he served until the Spanish-American war,
when he volunteered for service, even though it meant donning
the uniform of the United States Army; as he said to one of
his friends, he was almost afraid he'd shoot himself. As Major-
General of Volunteers, he saw actual service in Cuba; his
sixty-one years proved more than equal to the hardship of the
tropical campaign. His closing years, like those of many heroes,
were embittered with a controversy over his management of
Camp Wikoff after the war.
The career of General Wheeler is clearly and simply outlined
in this contribution to the Southern Biography Series of the
Louisiana State University Press. Dyer, a great story-teller in
his own right, has enlivened a rather factual treatment with
many Wheeler stories. Wheeler was primarily a man of action,
and his extant manuscripts give the biographer little insight
into the person. There is necessarily, therefore, relatively little
on Wheeler's personal life; it is the public character, the mili-
tary commander, the politician whom we meet in these pages.
The book itself is an attractive addition to the growing issues
of the Louisiana State University Press. There is a good index
and a critical bibliography of the useful type.
Agnes Scott College.
The Folk Culture of Yucatdn. By Robert Redfield.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, Social Anthropology
Series, 1941. Pp. xxiii, 416. Illustrations, map, index. $3.50.
The basic culture of YucatAn represents a fusion of two
strong parent streams of culture-Spanish and Maya Indian.
In recent years this hybrid culture has been undergoing changes
due to contact with Western urban civilization; such a situa-
tion is very attractive to social anthropologists who are inter-
ested in the processes of cultural change, particularly those
involved in the transition from tribal to modern urban life. In
The Folk Culture of Yucatdn Redfield describes and analyzes
these changes that have occurred in Yucatecan culture in recent
years. The book is based upon a decade of cooperative research

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