The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 406
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ject, such as special studies on Mexicans in southern Texas, Fili-
pinos in California, Puerto Ricans in New York, and so on.
The tone of the work is everywhere objective, dispassionate,
and cool. These discussions are not from a journalist but from
a social scientist. A bibliography of ten pages opens up the lit-
erature of the subject for those who may wish to go further.
The author devotes one chapter to each of the following groups:
the Puerto Ricans in New York and the Filipino Americans.
To the Hispanos of New Mexico he devotes one chapter and an
appendix entitled: "Los Hermanos Penitentes-a case study of
the cultural survival of flagellation." Considered purely as a piece
of writing, this appendix has more of human interest than any
other discussion in the book. The subject, admittedly, offers
opportunities. Three other chapters deal with the Mexican Amer-
ican as immigrant and as worker, with his institutions, and his
current problems. These are the heart of the job.
This book, by reason of its good coverage of the materials,
fair-minded appraisal of the facts, and detached, balanced prose
of its discussions, should prove welcome to students of South-
western history and contemporary trends. It is pleasant to be able
to note, in closing, that Dr. Burma lists in his bibliography various
publications in the field, by writers at the University of Texas.
Hence local scholars are not avoiding local obligations.
The University of Texas
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956, periodical, 1956; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/m1/432/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.