The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 498

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Travels in the New South: A Bibliography, Volume I, The Post-
war South, 1865-goo: An Era of Reconstruction and Re-
adjustment; Volume II, The Twentieth-Century South, 1goo-
1955: An Era of Change, Depression, and Emergence. Edited
by Thomas D. Clark. Two volumes, Norman (University of
Oklahoma Press), 1962. Pp. xvi+267, xiv+3o1. Illustrations,
index. $2o.oo.
These attractive books complete a six volume set of bibliog-
raphies on travel in the South, which includes Travels in the Old
South (1956-1959), three volumes for the period 1527-1860, and
Travels in the Confederate States (1948), a single volume for
the years 1861-1865. The set is part of the much larger American
Exploration and Travel Series published by the University of
Oklahoma Press. No claim to completeness is made by the general
editor, who points out that travel accounts are hard to define,
which creates some room for debate over inclusions and exclu-
sions. It seems safe to say, however, that these volumes will be
highly useful guides in research, for the efforts of the compilers
to achieve a competent appraisal of the accounts included have
been generally quite successful.
The Postwar South, 1865-zgoo, is actually divided into two
parts, the first covering "The South in Reconstruction, 1865-
188o," by Fletcher M. Green. Views on Texas for the period are
provided by newspaper correspondents, Texas propagandists,
soldiers and Texas Rangers, British immigrants to Texas, minis-
ters, northern visitors, and O. M. Roberts, governor of Texas at
the time his account appeared. The second part, "The New
South, 188o-1goo," by Thomas D. Clark, includes mention of
Texas by a number of foreign travelers and immigrants, newsmen
accompanying Benjamin Harrison and Oscar Wilde, and other
assorted wanderers. Comments on Texas in the first volume range
across such topics as society, religion, humor, sports, labor, agri-
culture, sheepherding, public lands, and the state's economy in
The Twentieth-Century South, zgoo-z955, is also separated into
two parts, but the division is between English and foreign lan-
guage travel accounts, rather than between chronological seg-
ments, because of the numerous untranslated volumes on the


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