The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 424
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ture for research will benefit greatly. The teacher with the heavy
schedule who has little time for seeking supplementary material
to add to the outline offering of the history textbook will also
be grateful. For example, the chapter on education is a welcome
fund of information, not easily gathered. The calendar at the
end of the volume is a good device for review. A map of the
period should have been included to make it easier to follow the
story. The book has a good index. Although the bibliography is
a little heavy, two more books should have been included-Carlos
Castafieda's Catholic Heritage, Volume VI, and E. C. Barker's
The Father of Texas. The pictures would have been more effec-
tive if placed in positions of illustration.
It is to be regretted that a number of typographical errors
were overlooked. One of these errors, about Bowie, may be mis-
judged as an error of fact. James Bowie became a citizen of Mex-
ico and took residence in Bexar when he married Ursula
The story is more than a biography of Stephen Fuller Austin
or of an account of the colonial experiment. It is a history of
Texas for the period between 1821 and 1836. The author keeps
within the limits of her title by making Austin act as a guardian
angel for the whole province of Texas.
A question arises on the connotation of the word "empire,"
or the more strongly implied "independent empire" which is
presented by the author in the title, in the introduction, and
continued as a theme, through the story. Moses Austin and
Stephen F. Austin both came to Texas in the hope of retrieving
the shattered fortunes of the Austin family. Stephen Fuller Austin
forgot his own interests in his desire to establish a democratic
and fruitful community, with desirable citizens, in which he
hoped to live in peace, respected by his fellows. Somehow, Austin
never gives the impression of planning for political power. He
was sincere in his fidelity to his adopted land, and his integrity
won the respect of the Mexican officials. He was a diplomat and
he sought to win, through diplomacy, privileges that others
sought through force.
The author shows in the development of the story that there
was no set plan for establishing an independent empire, but
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952, periodical, 1952; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/m1/498/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.