The Resources of Texas. Written by Members of the Staff of
the University of Texas. Austin, Texas: University Publi-
cations, The University of Texas. 1944. Pp. xiv+365. $1.00.
The Resources of Texas is the first volume of a study entitled
Texas Looks Ahead which in its entirety will endeavor to deal
with developments in Texas in the postwar period. The pur-
pose of volume one "is to make a comprehensive analysis of
the resources of Texas and to discuss the uses of these resources
in the development of the State." In Volume II, which is to
follow, "attention will be given to social, economic, educational,
and governmental aspects of the life of the State." As yet only
Resources of Texas has come from the press.
It needs little reflection to demonstrate that this study pre-
sents stubborn obstacles to a reviewer whose energies have been
devoted to historical inquiry. Surely the task could be per-
formed better by a technologist, though the flagging ego may
be bolstered with the question-what sort of a technologist?
Engineer, scientist, or statistician? For the subjects treated in
the twenty-nine chapters, each written by a specialist, are di-
verse in matter, learned in content and often quite technical.
The lay reader will rely upon Erich Zimmerman, who writes
the introductory and summary chapters, for an understandable
synthesis of the value of Texas resources-natural and human
--and generalizations concerning their utilization in the post-
Upon second thought the student of the social scene must
admit that the book is pertinent to his field, for within its pages
is to be found the stuff from which the history of tomorrow
will grow. Frontier Texas is gone; agrarian Texas (the con-
temporary frontier) is passing, or, to put it in other words,
the isolation and rusticity which lately characterized rural
Texas is giving away to urbanized habits and manners. If this
is true in the social sphere-and it appears to be-it is more
apparent in the economic. Already more Texans are engaged
in non-agricultural than in agricultural pursuits. But here one
anticipates, no doubt, conclusions which will appear in the sec-
ond volume of the composite study.
As much of the book as the reviewer has been able to under-
stand has his approval. Only a fool or a new-comer pre-judges
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/. Accessed April 27, 2015.