The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 374
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
but scholarly history of the United States in fifty volumes (The
Chronicles of America) he was selected to write the volume on
Texas and the Mexican War; but by that time business was
temporarily crowding out history. The demands of banking and
finance companies in Texas, California, and Ohio did not stop
the flow of his pen, however-two volumes on *bees and ants
(1917-1919), two on Mexican banking and public finance (1920-
191), a biography of Theodore Roosevelt (1931), and histories
of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Railroad
Engineers (1937-1940). These do not complete the list. Now
retired from business interruptions, he spends his time between
his farm on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia,
and his daughter's ranch near Kerrville, Texas.
The Conquest of the West is the product of many years of
thoughtful reading in American and European history topped
off with two years of intensive work in the collections of the
University of Texas library reviewing pertinent monographs,
manuscripts, newspapers, and memoirs. The parrative is rapid
and dramatic, ranging from the Louisiana Purchase and the
acquisition of the Floridas, with the consequent boundary con-
troversies, through the Anglo-American colonization of Texas,
the Texas revolution, the annexation of Texas by the United
States, the development and progress of the Mexican War, the
conquest of California and the territorial acquisitions of the
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and, for good measure, the solu-
tion of the Oregon disputes. Nearly every paragraph of the story
bristles with historical controversy-personal, domestic, and in-
ternational. Dr. McCaleb's attitude is objective and his method
primarily interpretative. All scholars familiar with different
phases of his subject will not accept all of his judgments, but
all will agree that there is sound basis for them. This reader,
for example, gives much greater weight to British historical
claims to the Oregon Country than the author is willing to
allow and in consequence is more sympathetic toward the
boundary adjustment on the forty-ninth parallel.
The book is sparingly documented with notes at the end of
the text; and has a useful bibliography of five pages, but not
including all of the items that the author himself has used. The
narrative is a useful, penetrating, and interesting survey of a
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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/m1/468/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.