The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 159
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desperation among West Texans is clearly depicted. Exaggerated
claims, rising belief in some circles that the destitute were not
trying to help themselves, and the nineteenth century aversion to
paternalistic tendencies in government delayed effective aid in
many areas and simply prolonged the suffering of those in gen-
uine distress. Well organized campaigns to secure aid were con-
ducted by municipal committees, professional groups, and reli-
gious denominations. Newspapers played an important role in
seeking aid for the distressed areas and most readers will probably
be surprised at the tremendous material response from private
sources. The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Gazette, and
the Taylor County News were among the chief sources of infor-
mation for the author. King's study is heavily weighted with
direct quotations from those and other newspapers which limits
the readability of his narrative. The role of the press appears to
be his chief concern, however, and well-selected and highly per-
tinent quotations from newspapers effectively bring it into focus.
King makes no claim that his work is an exhaustive study of
the drouth even during the years he covers, but it definitely
casts some illumination upon that period of temporary farm and
ranch abandonment in West Texas. One cannot help feeling, how-
ever, that the events were merely a rehearsal for the much greater
exodus to take place during the "dust bowl" days of the 1930's.
B. P. GALLAWAY
Abilene Christian College
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