The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 312
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312 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Schedules" but also a laudatory "Description of Navarro Dis-
trict." More consequential, however, than the garnering of tid-
bits is the salutary effect upon the investigator of grinding
through an interminable list in which men, women, and children
of all ranks, provided they be free, are accorded almost equal
attention; no other exercise in historical research can give so
abiding an impression of the overwhelming weight of plain
people in American society. Census study offers, besides, a chal-
lenge to think, in that the devising of analyses calls for ingenious
contrivance, and the interpretation of findings demands clear
and prudent reasoning. Finally, there is a genuine intellectual
satisfaction in those moments, at the end of tedious tabulations,
when results begin to take on coherent form, sustaining a pre-
supposition, uncovering a new bit of truth, or propounding yet
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948, periodical, 1948; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/m1/406/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.