The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 92
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92 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
puted question. The many public documents, with proceedings of
political conventions, the courts, and the Legislature, given in 'he
work, add greatly to its value. All public questions are fearlessly
met land treated with judicial fairness.
Perhaps the best part of Roberts' history is that which relates to
the disruption and reconstruction of the Union. The author's men-
tal bias and legal training peculiarly fitted him for the task. The
rise, progress, and consummation of the secession movement in
Texas are described with the calmness and impartiality of a well-
trained jurist. This is the more remarkable, as the author was
one of the prime movers -of secession and the president of the
Secession Convention. In narrating the events of those exciting
times, he never loses his dignity ,or his sense of fairness towards
Houston and ,other Unionists. But reconstruction was the hideous
nightmare worse than war for Texas. The exasperating events of
this period are given without loss of temper, but the tyranny of
the Davis administration does not escape recital -and the proper
condemnation. The period succeeding the restoration of Demo-
cratic supremacy in the State government has 'been an unbroken
rule of peace and progress, and the author records with becoming
pride 'these triumphs of popular rule.
"History," said la great thinker, "is philosophy teaching by ex-
ample." The Old Alcalde doess not content himself with a fait'h-
ful narrative, but often probes for the philosophy of events. His
style is plain and unpretending, without ornament, and without
close adherence to the accepted canons of history-writing; but the
sincerity 'of the author is reflected 'on every page; and, whether we
agree with his conclusions or not, we are 'bound to recognize his
impartiality, his patriotism, and his imperturbable common-sense.
In conclusion, the first thing noticeable about this work is its
immense size-two royal ,ctavo volumes, of nearly 1800 pages. Re-
duced to a 12mo in size of page, it would contain thirty volumes.
The next thing to attract attention is the great variety of subjects
treated. But the line of history ,is clear and unbroken through
Yoakum 'and Roberts from 1685 to 1895. The size of the work is
no disparagement, but rather a guaranty of extraordinary scope and
comprehensiveness. 'The monographs, however seemingly diverse,
are all germane to the text. It 'will 'be borne in mind that Justin
Winsor constructed 'his Narrative and 'Critical History of North
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899, periodical, 1898/1899; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101011/m1/96/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.