The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 75
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Book Reviews and Notices.
ities in print and in manuscript, and he has his information well
assimulated, his narrative well organized. The estimates of the
leading men of the time are especially good. 'Those whose chief
interest lies in this field of history would be glad to find more than
is given about the non-political side of Texas history-a study of
social, industrial, religious and educational conditions following
the war. These are just as important as politics and constitutions.
Some maps in black and white; to illustrate political, social and
economic matters, would be useful. And more space might be
given to a description of the actual administration of the Texas
government by officials representing only a small minority of the
Distinguishing the reconstruction of Texas from the reconstruc-
tion of any other Southern State, Mr. Ramsdell brings into his
narrative accounts of certain conditions peculiar to Texas. Thus,
among other things, he calls attention to the fact that Texas was
before and during Reconstruction a frontier state, half-covered
with hostile Indians, practically without railroads, with a popula-
tion of whites scarcely welded into a homogeneous society. Further,
the author makes it clear that the Civil War bore less heavily upon
Texas than upon the other Southern communities and that at the
close of hostilities the state was still in fair condition, economical
and social. But this seems only to have intensified the disorder
which came in 1865 with the break up of the Confederacy. The
Washington authorities consistently refused to recognize the de
facto government of Texas just as they refused to recognize the
rest of the Southern State governments. But since the Federals
never occupied Texas in force they made little effort to suppress
the disorder that followed the destruction of the state and local
governments. Consequently, the period of lawlessness and disor-
der was longer continued in Texas than in any other Southern
State and the course of Reconstruction was thereby seriously in-
fluenced. In Texas, too, the work of the Freedman's Bnreau was
relatively unimportant; elsewhere this institution was c,e of the
most efficient instruments of the Reconstructionists. 1eoconstruc-
tion conditions in Texas were otherwise exceptional in that the race
problem was not so serious and the carpet baggers were few in
numbers and of slight influence, though the native radicals, or
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