The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 177
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ment of education and a number of civic and fraternal organiza-
tions. The churches of Anderson receive considerable attention,
and though their development may not be the most important
phase in Anderson's history, Mrs. Allen's treatment of them forms
the most impressive part of her book. She employed primary
sources, using official church records. Anderson was early a center
of Baptist activity with the organization of the Texas Baptist
State Convention there in i848. One item of current interest is
the fact that in the period before the Civil War and in the decade
following more than half the membership of the Anderson Baptist
Church was Negro; during the period 1876-1880, after the close
of Reconstruction, withdrawal of Negro members reduced total
membership from 153 to 69. The chapter labeled "Political His-
tory" is perhaps misnamed, since it is devoted largely to the role
of Anderson citizens in military conflicts from the Texas Revolu-
tion to the Korean War. Occupying approximately one-third of
the work are biographical sketches of Anderson residents.
Mrs. Allen's work contains much useful information, but unfor-
tunately mechanical imperfections are visible. Organization is
lacking, and the author's rhetoric is sometimes confusing. In many
instances long direct quotations were used where a concise para-
phrase would have been more effective. The full and intriguing
table of contents is deceiving. "Kickapoo Indians," a major sub-
division in the table of contents, receives barely two sentences
within the work itself. "Farming and Stock Raising," relating
the early activities of Anderson's most important occupation, is
covered in less than a page. There is an imbalance among some of
the larger topics. The Anderson Baptist Church is given more
attention than education, and a discussion of historic landmarks
occupies only slightly less space than the development of business
and industry in Anderson. Although Mrs. Allen notes that Ander-
son has been incorporated on two occasions, she fails to present
adequate information on the town's political development or its
governmental officials-a glaring omission when one considers that
the object of the work is to record the history of the town.
In many instances Mrs. Allen has utilized original sources, an
admirable attainment. Her brief but impressive bibliography lists
county commissioners' court records, minutes of school board
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