The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 238
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youngest State in the Union written while many of the actors
are still living and while the memory of historic events has not
yet faded. Consequently Pioneer Days in Arizona has the in-
timacy and the breath of realism that come from the author's
wide knowledge of the physical scene and from having inter-
viewed many of the pioneers. The point of view of Professor
Lockwood is undoubtedly that of a man who loves Arizona. This
quality does not disarm his critical faculty. But it does make
his book a very human document. It is pervaded by a robust
liking for the qualities of the Arizona pioneers. Verve and local
color are given to the straightforward narrative by anecdotes, as
for example, the witty story of how Tucson won for itself the
location of the University.
The volume deals mostly with the social, economic, and cul-
tural life of Arizona. Political factors are not neglected, how-
ever, as indicated by the excellent chapter on the attainment of
Statehood. The early chapters dealing with the Spanish cava-
liers, the mission fathers, American trappers and explorers, while
they do not contribute anything new, are written with the pic-
turesqueness and the flowing style reminiscent of Prescott. The
valuable contribution of the book lies in the portraits of some
of the racy pioneer characters, the intelligent discussion of
Apache warfare, and the epic of mining in Arizona, of agricul-
ture, of transportation, and of the cultural advance of this West-
ern commonwealth. Indeed, it is the authentic record of a strug-
gle in which virile and tenacious characters make a civilization
in the face of frustrating forces of nature and the hostility of
the red man.
Professor Lockwood's arrangement of his material may be ques-
tioned. It is topical in treatment. His chapter on agriculture,
for example, deals with the subject from the time of the Pueblo
Indians to the present day. While this method has its undoubted
advantages, nevertheless, it disturbs the chronology of the narra-
tive, and leads to a certain amount of duplication. Also, some
material that is incorporated is of purely local and antiquarian
interest. But these are the defects of its splendid qualities.
Pioneer Days in Arizona is decidedly the most readable and the'
best single volume yet written on Arizona history.
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