The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 441
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Book Reviews and Notices
pages of the book offer ample testimony. Ignoring the condition
of the negro in the African forest, the writer would have it that
by lack of instruction the slaves were "reduced . .. to the
plane of beasts" and thereby "developed bad traits which since
their emancipation have been removed only with great difficulty"
(p. 12). Masters who refused to, educate their negroes were "male-
volent" (p. 64) and "merciless aristocrats" (p.. 68) ; the project
of colonization was but a "subterfuge" to prevent education; and
John Wesley, who could have known but little of the race, is
quoted with approval to the effect that the African is not stupid
in his own country and that with equal opportunity he is "not
only not inferior to the better inhabitants of Europe, but superior
to some of them." The separation of whites and blacks in the
public schools is denounced and it is boldly asserted that "it was
the liberated Negroes themselves who, during the Reconstruction,
gave the Southern States their first effective system of free public
schools." It is unnecessary to, give more examples of this sort,
but plenty are available. They illustrate the chief fault of the
CHAs. W. RAMSDELL.
The History of Brenhamn and Washington County. By Mrs.
R. E. Pennington. Houston, 1915. 123 p. This small volume
is the product of a labor of love. It is not the purpose of the
author to present a comprehensive history of either town or
county. Nevertheless, she has succeeded in bringing to. the at-
tention of the reader the important part the people of this rich
and beautiful section have played in the history of Texas. The
data are grouped around historical sketches of the towns of Wash-
ington and Brenhan and biographical sketches of Richard Fox
Brenham, the Giddingses, the Shep-ards and a few others.
The final volume in the Series of Original Narratives of Early
American History (Scribners), entitled Spanish Exploration in
the Southwest, is by Professor Bolton, of the University of Cali-
fornia. Pages 281-423 contain narratives of seventeenth century
explorations of Texas: the Bosque-Larios expedition of 1675, the
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