The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 247
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Book Reviews and Notices
Life and Times of Henry Smith (1887), Noah Smithwick's Evolu-
tion of a State, or Recollections of Old Texas Days (1900), Z. T.
Fulmore's History and Geography of Texas as Told in County
Names (1915), and Bernhardt Wall's Following General Sam
Houston (1935), the last being a volume of pictures relating to
Houston's travels and experiences.
A wide range of adventure includes Joseph E. Field's Three
Years in Texas (1836), George W. Kendall's Narrative of the
Texan Santa Fe Expedition (1844), Thomas J. Green's Journal
of the Texan Mier Expedition (1845), William P. Stapp's Pris-
oners of Perote (1845), Sam C. Reid's Texas Rangers (1847),
John C. Reid's Tramp Through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, etc.
(1858), John C. Duval's Big Foot Wallace (1870), and the same
author's Early Times in Texas (1892), D. W. C. Baker's Texas
Scrap Book (1887), and J. W. Wilbarger's Indian Depredations
in Texas (1886).
The histories by Holley, Newell and Foote are intrinsically in-
teresting and contain besides many original documents which give
the books the freshness and value in some respects of contempo-
rary sources. Foote's two volumes, for example, contain docu-
ments on the Fredonian rebellion and on the history of Fannin's ill-
fated command that can be found nowhere else. Yoakum's book was
the first scientific, reasonably objective history of Texas. Being a
lawyer, the author was trained in the accumulation, evaluation,
and presentation of evidence, and he realized the importance of
citing his evidence so as to enable the reader to check his interpre-
tation of facts. The result is that the modern historical technician
finds in Yoakum's footnotes a wealth of information for his own
investigations, while the fluent, straightforward style of the text
makes the book the most readable treatment that has yet appeared
for the period that it covers-substantially the period extending
from the beginning of Anglo-American penetration to the Annex-
ation of Texas by the United States. The text, without Yoakum's
valuable notes, was reprinted by a Dallas publisher in 1898 but
the reprint is now rarer than the original.
The biographical group is well selected for use and interest.
Judge Fulmore's book contains nearly two hundred sketches of
early Texans. John Henry Brown's Life of Henry Smith is chiefly
interesting and valuable because it contains a number of letters
written by William B. Travis preceding the Fall of the Alamo.
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