The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 487

Book Reviews

Contributing to the general interest of the book are a number
of selected illustrations. In addition to the imaginatively executed
William A. Berry drawing of Chief Bowles, which appears as
the frontispiece, there are also reproductions of the Cherokee
Treaty of February 23, 1836, a map of the Cherokee Land Grant,
a map of the Republic of Texas in 1845, and a portion of a letter
from Sam Houston to Superintendent of Indian Affairs Joseph
C. Eldredge.
A summary judgment of Texas Indian Papers, 1825-1843, must
be heavily weighted with positive, affirmative statements. Con-
gratulations should be extended to the members of the Texas
Library and Historical Commission and to Dorman H. Winfrey,
the State Archivist, who shepherded the publication through the
editorial process with commendable skill.
"With His Pistol in His Hand": A Border Ballad and Its Hero.
By Americo Paredes. Austin (University of Texas Press),
1958. Pp. 262. $5.00.
Whether pro or con, Texans view native products with pride,
warmth, and a type of candor that is possibly partisan. As Texas
institutions mature and flourish, this ethnocentrism should be
increasingly justified by productions in the graphic arts, and
especially those that are scholarly. By way of subject, author, pub-
lisher, and scholarly aura, Pistol in His Hand wears the Texas
An outgrowth of several years of study-some financed through
the University of Texas-this book took its initial shape as a
doctoral dissertation in the University's Department of English;
a portion, Chapter II, "The Legend," was published previously
as the lead story in Mody C. Boatright (ed.), Mesquite and
Willow (Dallas, 1957) -
Thematically, Pistol in His Hand is concerned with the after-
glow of human group conflict wherein facts metamorphose into
folklore and thence into balladry. The overall frame of reference
is the so-called Mexican persecution by Anglo-Americans along
the Texas-Mexico border where, from the time of the Texas
Revolution until World War II,


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