The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 496
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of Texas in view of the popular discussion concerning the need
for a new fundamental law for the Lone Star State.
The book is well organized; it contains enough detailed ma-
terial to make it more interesting than the average textbook.
The narrative has an easy flow and, with a few exceptions to be
noted below, is accurate and reliable. The book does not contain
a general bibliography, but it does have a useful index.
The format of the book leaves something to be desired. The
small type is not the most fitting for a textbook, although it
does make possible the inclusion in the book of much more
information. A very regrettable feature of the book is the poor
quality of the printer's work in connection with the illustra-
tions. Some of the pictures are so blurred that they are almost
valueless. In the Social and Political History of Texas these same
illustrations are clear and sharp. Not the authors, but the printer
should be blamed for this defect. Although the book has a num-
ber of good maps of certain special phases of Texas history, it
lacks a good general geographical and political map of Texas.
Such a map would be more useful than the flags on the frontis-
piece, interesting though they be.
Despite the general excellence of the book, a few errors have
crept in. Strictly speaking, there was no tribe of Indians named
Texas as stated on page 9. The first Spaniards who met a group
of Indians from East Texas were greeted with the word "Tejas"
and mistakenly assumed that the natives were announcing their
name, whereas they were merely expressing a friendly greeting.
Through more than three hundred years this error of the Span-
iards has been repeated; it should not be perpetuated in school
textbooks. On page 280 the statement is made that "John Garner,
as we know, became a United States Senator." Garner advanced
from the speakership of the House of Representatives to the
vice-presidency of the United States but he was never a Senator
from Texas. On page 282 it is stated that Mrs. Ferguson "won a
second term over Governor Dan Moody who was a candidate
for re-election." Moody was not a candidate for re-election in
1932; it was Ross Sterling. On page 283 it is stated that Governor
Neff served from 1921 to 1923; he served from 1921 to 1925.
These mistakes are inexcusable and should have been eliminated
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950, periodical, 1950; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101126/m1/602/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.