The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 532

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All the participants shared the tribulations of disease, bank-
ruptcy, hurricane, sand, snakes, and simple fare of mid-nineteenth
century Texas-the women without complaint, the captain with
a seaman's stoicism, and the children with undiminished curiosity
and ingenuity in the quest for good fun.
A metamorphosis of the major character gives the essay depth
-a microcosmic transition from an anti-slavery, pro-Lincoln atti-
tude to that of an avid Confederate blockade-runner; on the
larger plane there is the inexorable impact of age, financial ruin,
and finally blindness which serve as ingredients producing resig-
nation and tolerance from intractability.
There are certain lasting impressions far superior to the ma-
jority of regional pieces of this type which leave the reader with
an affluence of facts and sources but only hollow recollections of
the personal drama. Though intimately related to the partici-
pants the author, with the perspective of seventy years, establishes
a real balance of human virtues and foibles. Life is depicted as
it was, proving the best insight to be that which emanates from
the first hand experiences of one intellectually and emotionally
equipped to observe and report with objectivity tempered with
passion.
Local and lay historians will praise the volume as first calibre
regionalism (that sort which reveals universals slowly but fully
emerging from specific descriptions); the professional will wel-
come it as a pungent primary source; and general readers will
discover the characters indelibly inscribed on their memory to
be recalled at the least suggestion of the crescent coast of South
Texas. ROBERT W. SHOOK
--- ictoria College
A Thousand Months to Remember: An Autobiography. By Joseph
Martin Dawson. Waco (Baylor University Press), 1964. Pp.
xi+280. Frontispiece, index. $4.95.
This life story of a distinguished Texas Baptist clergyman has
an Horatio Alger flavor. Born to a Central Texas tenant cotton
farming family in 1879, Joseph M. Dawson through study, preach-
ing, writing, and lecturing became one of the most influential
and widely known pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention
and finally went on to be the first executive director of the Joint

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