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American readers. The authors have given much spicy material
to those who enjoy rumors and romance.
While The Bonapartes in America cannot be called serious
history, nevertheless, it is a distinct contribution to the literature
about this unusual family. The characters are portrayed as every-
day human beings who possess weaknesses as well as strength.
The book is readable to the extent of being almost fascinating.
Louisiana Polytechnic Institute.
Home Missions on the American Frontier. By Colin Brummit
Goodykoontz. (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1939.
Pp. 460. $3.50.)
This publication gives notice that the late Professor Frederick
Jackson Turner has sired another disciple. Inspired by the Turner
passage, "The East has always feared the result of an unregulated
advance of the frontier, and has tried to check and guide it," Dr.
Goodykoontz seeks to show that the creation of home missionary
societies was one of the efforts put forth by the East to accom-
plish such correction and guidance.
Proceeding on the supposition that each new American frontier
differed materially from its forerunner, and that it presented, as
a result, new problems to the missionary societies which operated
in these fields, the author describes each frontier in its turn and
shows how these societies adapted themselves to such ever-changing
conditions. The denominations whose missionary labors are thus
depicted are the Congregational and the more important branches
of the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, and Methodist churches,
with special emphasis on the work of the Presbyterians and Con-
gregationalists through their jointly-operated American Home
Missionary Society.
The reader of this volume meets many a well-known authority
in the field of American church history. Dr. Goodykoontz, how-
ever, has traveled extensively in this country and even abroad
in search of unpublished materials which might reveal new and
informative aspects of his subject. Particularly valuable for his
purpose have been the American Home Missionary Society papers,
now located in the Hammond Library of the Chicago Theological


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