The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 333

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slavery basis. Professor Dodd believes that "the injustice and
bad faith of a personal and despotic party leader" (Jackson) was
responsible for Calhoun's particularistic attitude, and that had
the latter's ambition to become president been gratified, secession
and civil war might not have come. A similar fatality overtook
Jefferson Davis, who, though a secessionist in 1850, had changed
his views and remained a nationalist until MVississippi seceded;
for his imperialistic scheme of a southern railroad to the Pacific
and the acquisition of Cuba, Panama, and a route to the Orient
was blocked by Douglas in the interest of the northwestern rail-
ways; the Kansas bill followed, reopening the slavery question,
divorcing the two wings of the Democratic party and hastening
the revolt of the South in 1860-61.
Though not entirely immune from criticism, these brief and
sympathetic studies sum up in a clear and attractive fashion the
principal forces which carried the South and the Democratic
party along its course from radical leadership in 1800 to con-
servative reaction in 1860. CHAs. W. RAM SDELL.
Winning the Southwest: A Story of Conquest. By Glenn D.
Bradley. (McClurg. Chicago, 1912. 12mo; Pp. 225; ill.)
Under the above title the author groups sketches of Kit Carson,
Robert F. Stockton, "Uncle Dick" Wootton, Sam Houston, Stephen
W. Kearny, George A. Custer and John C. Fremont with a view of
weaving "about their lives in a somewhat coherent manner some
of the conspicuous facts of the struggle in which the Southwest
was won for the Union" (preface). The fragmentary character
of the treatment of the subject is further emphasized by the absence
of any grouping of the sketches. The treatment is popular in style,
and the principal service the book can render will be to introduce
the heroes to readers who have not yet made their acquaintance
from larger works.
In the sketch of Sam Houston the author has committed a
number of regrettable errors. Passing by, misspellings and minor
inaccuracies in the statement of historical facts, one cannot over-
look the wholesale condemnation of MyVexican government in Texas
(113, 116) ; nor the statement that the convention which assembled


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