The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 227
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Book Reviews and Notices
The publisher's purpose as stated in the preface is primarily to
preserve for future generations an authentic collection of his-
torical and statistical data, with photographic reproductions, both
of men and things, relating to and illustrating the life and
activities of the Swedes in Texas from their first landing in 1838
to the present day. Though the authors may be thinking first
of the future, it would be an injustice to say that they are for-
getful of the present. Quite the contrary. Their work performs
a distinctly patriotic duty; for while the main body of the work
consists of biographies of the different members of some fifty-
seven Swedish settlements in Texas, with good reproductions of
photographs of families that show no signs of impending race
suicide, it is prefaced, so to speak, by an account of Texas and its
various institutions. Here the older generation may read in the
language still most familiar to them the history of Texas, a brief
but adequate account of its physical features and characteristics,
its natural resources, its forests, waterways and railways, its cli-
mate, its form of government and its educational institutions-
the Swedes have two of their own among the latter, namely, the
Texas Wesleyan College at Austin, and Trinity College at Round
Rock. The history of the growth of various religious bodies,
choral and other societies, are not forgotten. Of especial interest
to the historian will be the chapters dealing with the conditions
of early pioneer life in Texas and the story of the first Swedes
in Texas. In this connection someone may be interested in an-
other book recently published, namely, "Hyphenated or the Life
Story of S. M. Swenson," by Aug. Anderson. Quite appropriately
the second volume closes with the names and photographs of the
Swedish boys who served in the recent war. We know that they
have given a good account of themselves.
J. L. BOYSEN.
The Missouri Historical Review during the past year published
a translation of Gottfried Duden's Bericht iiber eine Reise nach
den westlichen Staaten Nordanmerika's und einen mehrjdihrigen
Aufenthalt am Missouri (in den Jahren 1824, 25, 26 and 1827)
in Bezug auf Auswanderung und Ueberviflkerung . . . Elber-
feld, 1829. This volume is credited with having greatly in-
fluenced emigration of Germans to the United States. In the
October, 1919, number of the Review, Professor William G. Bek
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920, periodical, 1919; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101075/m1/233/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.