The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 203
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Travel Books on Texas Published in Foreign Countries 2o3
give accounts of Galveston, particularly the shipping installations.
Dallas, Fort Worth, and Laredo are other communities which are
described by five or more travelers.
The one outstanding impression of Texas on foreign visitors
seems to be the vastness of the state and the correspondingly
expansive character of the population. Other travelers pay lip
service to the "hospitality" of other parts of the South, but nearly
all foreign writers who spend more than a few days in Texas have
fallen in love with the state. In only a few instances have there
been indifferent or unfavorable comments. The one aspect of
Texan civilization that receives unfavorable comment is the racial
question. Almost no foreign traveler approves of policies of seg-
regation, and at least seven express themselves as being rather
violently opposed to it. The unfavorable comment on segregation
by foreign writers reached a climax in the postwar period. Some
of the writers at the beginning of the century had commented on
the race problem rather indifferently, describing it simply as one
more peculiarity of a strange country.
The great cotton and oil industries receive more attention than
any other aspect of Texas' economy. In recent years the swarms of
the military have impressed foreign writers as another major
factor in the economic and social life of the state. Strangely
enough, almost no attention is given to the many significant insti-
tutions of higher education that dot Texas. The Rice Institute
is mentioned twice, and the University of Texas receives only one
casual mention. One visitor to Houston (Clauson-Kaas) has sev-
eral complimentary remarks about the University of Houston.
A peculiar aspect of Texan demography that has attracted much
attention from foreign writers is the foreign element. At least
six German writers have described the German elements in Texas,
beginning with the 1840's and going up to the present. In recent
years (i.e., before World War II) several doctrinaire Nazis (e.g.,
Ross, father and son; Faber; Scheffer. et al.; Wollschlaeger) have
viewed these German colonists and their descendants in the light
of a most inappropriate concept of Auslandsdeutschtum. Polish,
French, Danish, and Italian colonies are also described.
German, Austrian, and German-Swiss writers constitute by far
the largest group of authors who discuss Texas in their books.
These Germanic writers number thirty-three as against thirteen
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954, periodical, 1954; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/m1/251/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.