The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 128
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
numerous and diverse listings of names of persons and families
connected with Austin or Travis County, listings that make the
work a logical stopping place for family historians and others
seeking information on persons who may have been in the area
Yet the strengths here do not appear to offset the rather flagrant
weaknesses. To be sure, such a situation probably will not detract
noticeably from the enjoyment of those wishing simply to read of
isolated incidents and personages in Austin and Travis County in
the nineteenth century. For others who may be seriously intent
on developing an analytical history of the city and county, the
present book will serve, within the limitations mentioned, as one
more base of operations. SAM A. SUHLER
Education and Masonry in Texas to 1846. By James David Carter.
Waco (Committee on Masonic Education and Service for the
Grand Lodge of Texas A. F. and A. M.), 1963. Pp. xxv+251.
Tables, illustrations, bibliography, index. $5.00.
The author of this book has long been interested in the history
of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Texas. A native of
Gatesville, Coryell County, James D. Carter did graduate work
in history at the University of Texas. His Ph.D. dissertation, Ma-
sonry in Texas, Background, History, and Influence to 1846, was
published in 1955 by the Grand Lodge of Texas. Carter served as
editor of the Texas Grand Lodge Magazine from October, 1955,
to June, 1963. Throughout these years he constantly was research-
ing and writing on Masonic subjects. Carter is presently Librarian,
Supreme Council, Scottish Rite Bodies, Southern Jurisdiction, in
Washington, D. C.
Carter may easily be classified as a zealot for the Masonic fra-
ternity, but one must hasten to add that his fanaticism is based
on research in historical records and not on idle fancy. He takes
the position that the "more liberal Atmosphere of America" was
"created principally by Masons" and was parallel to "the philoso-
phy of Freemasonry." Education and Freemasonry stand essen-
tially for the same goals. Since his book dwells on Texas, he ex-
plains that the development of education in Texas bears much
similarity to the over-all movement in the United States. "Texas
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