The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

diocrity or inferiority in method or technique has a decided
bearing on this point" but adds that the Survey is not "pri-
marily concerned with criticism of methods and techniques."
While the extent to which method and technique condition the
value of any work is a question which leaves much room for
variation of opinion, it would seem that, particularly in inter-
pretative works, these two factors assume more than a passive
r6le. As the need for interpretation becomes more acute in
proportion to the tremendous increase in volume of historical
material, it would seem that the importance of technique and
method should not be too severely minimized.
Included in the Southwest division of the Regional and State
section are appraisements of the following works: J. Frank
Dobie, Guide to the Life and Literature of the Southwest;
Rupert N. Richardson, Texas: The Lone Star State (which is
singled out for special comment in the general introduction of
the Survey); Jesse James Benton, Cow by the Tail; C. L. Son-
nichsen, Roy Bean: Law West of the Pecos; S. S. McKay, Seven
Decades of the Texas Constitution of 1876; Ernest Wallace,
Charles DeMorse: Pioneer Editor and Statesman; and D. W.
Ogletree, "Establishing the Texas Court of Appeals, 1875-1876,"
in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XLVII. The Great
Southwest Strike by Ruth A. Allen is appraised in the Eco-
nomic and Social section. Ralph P. Bieber, editor of the South-
west division, calls attention to the great need for a bibliography
of the history of the Trans-Mississippi West; in fact, he holds
that no rapid progress in research in this field can be expected
until such a bibliography is made.
The Survey performs an essential service and will be widely
used by all those working in studies of American life in the
period covered. It will be an indispensable tool in the field of
history, which, according to Mr. Garrison, "gives us an under-
standing of what we are and what we mean and what we may
become."
BETTY BROOKE EAKLE
The University of Texas
My Aunt Louisa and Woodrow Wilson. By Margaret Axson
Elliott. Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina Press),
1944. Pp. vii+302. $3.50.
The writing of biography is at one and the same time both
very interesting and extremely difficult. Some historical char-

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