The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Mail Steamship Company, and the Pacific Mail Steamship
Company must be mentioned, for these seem to have been
the most active and most important.
Among the interesting features of the book is the list of
one hundred and eight steamers which operated on the Panama
and Nicaraguan routes. Information is included about each
of these steamers as to size, construction, and service. The
second appendix tabulates information on the number of pas-
sengers carried from New York to San Francisco and from San
Francisco to New York, a total of 808,769. The third appendix
reveals a total of $710,753,857.62 in treasure shipments via
Panama and of $46,314,942.38 via Nicaragua. The fourth and
fifth appendices list the builders of the steamers and the engine
builders for steamers which served the isthmian routes. Fifteen
illustrations, mostly of steamers mentioned in the story, add
much interest to the book. The notes-thirty pages of them-
and the bibliography of sixteen pages give ample evidence of
the research 'required in the preparation of this excellent study.
R. L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
Ante-Bellum Kentucky. A Social History, 1800-1860. By
F. Garvin Davenport. Oxford, Ohio (The Mississippi
Valley Press), 1943. Pp. xx+238. $3.50.
This is good social history. Here one will find out how the
country people lived (and discover some good recipes for
country dishes) ; how the city dwellers got along and what in-
terested them most; what progress Kentucky made in education,
both secondary and collegiate; what the status of medicine
was, including the quackeries of the day; the scientific interests
that developed in both the plant and animal kingdoms and what
could be discovered in test tubes, too; how religion came to
the people through the Great Revival, followed by various
schisms in the old churches; how socially minded Kentuckians
were in taking care of their deaf, dumb, insane, and criminals;
who and how great the painters and sculptors were and some
of their accomplishments; and who wrote books and edited
newspapers and what some of the best products were. One
need not look here, and rightly so, for political parties and

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