The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 476
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Although Starr was opposed to secession, he supported the
Confederacy when all hopes of reconciliation between the North
and South were gone. He was too old for military service, but
he assisted in securing supplies for needy soldiers, acted as a
receiver in the enforcement of the Sequestration Act of 1861,
and was Confederate agent for the postal service of the Trans-
With the end of the Civil War came the end of Starr's public
career. He, in partnership with his son, moved to Marshall where
he operated his land agency and bank until his death on July
John Nathan Cravens, Starr's biographer, after receiving de-
grees from Lon Morris College (1934) and Stephen F. Austin
State Teachers College (1936), began graduate work at the Uni-
versity of Texas, where he received the first Clara Driscoll Schol-
arship award established by the Daughters of the Republic of
Texas for research in Texas history. His M.A. degree was granted
in 1940 and his Ph.D. in 1948. The subject of Cravens' master's
thesis, which he expanded into the dissertation required for his
Ph.D. degree, was James Harper Starr. In the compilation of this
book, Cravens has cited more than twenty-seven different primary
manuscripts, the chief of which are the James Harper Starr Papers
in the Archives Collection of the University of Texas Library.
These personal papers are the source which made possible the
present detailed study of a man described by Cravens as one who
"may be considered representative of those men whose contribu-
tions fall somewhere between those of the average citizen and
those of the acknowledged leaders."
Seven illustrations, end sheets of the 1839 plan of the city of
Austin, distinctive brown buckram binding, and the over-all for-
mat go together to make an attractive book. The introduction
is by Eugene C. Barker; a detailed bibliography is appended.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are to be congratulated
on the publication of this book; it is an impressive beginning
for their projected series.
H. BAILEY CARROLL
The University of Texas
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