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in fiction and legend, the folklore of the cow camps and cattle trails,
and in more recent years the oil empires and booming cities all
feature in the same story.
While much of the state's singular type, of patriotism is a product
of tradition and circumstance, and to that extent real and tangible,
some of it no doubt is imaginary and mythical.
It can be that pages such as the above quotation are "govern-
ment," but such pages are also history and would be remarkably
good reading for any Texas layman.
If a reviewer may indulge in wishful thinking, here it would
be that a large number of Texas businessmen would read it. They
would, in turn, be bound to recommend this book to associates
and the Texas fiber would be strengthened through a widespread
following of such a fundamental work on Texas.
The University of Texas
Documents of Texas History, Volume I (1528-1846). Edited by
Ernest Wallace with the assistance of David M. Vigness. Lub-
bock (The Library, Texas Technological College Press), 196o0.
Pp. 152. Map, index. $2.25.
This first of a projected two volume work on the documents
of Texas history includes the major documents of significance
from the early days of Spanish and French colonization through
the period of the Republic of Texas. There is a total of seventy
carefully selected documents which form the basic framework
for the history of the period covered. The editorial work has
consisted of writing brief but penetrating introductions for the
documents that put them in perspective to the period in which
they apply. The compilers have edited out some of the extraneous
material in the longer documents without detracting from the
value of the document itself. The source for each document is
given; usually the primary source, which helps make this book
a first-rate aid for the student of Texas history who needs an
abundance of excellent source material under one cover.
Texas historical documents take a variety of forms, including
official reports, letters, constitutions, and personal narratives.
There is a pertinent example of practically every type of primary


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