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study of this area and will find an honored place on the bookshelf of
the Spanish Southwest alongside the earlier studies of Herbert E. Bol-
ton and those of fellow Jesuit Fathers John Francis Bannon, Ernst
J. Burrus, and William E. Dunne.
University of New Mexico DONALD C. CUTTER
No Quittin' Sense. By C. C. White and Ada Morehead Holland. (Aus-
tin: University of Texas Press, 1969. Pp. xiv + 216. Illustrations.
The history of black Texans remains largely unresearched or buried
in seldom-seen theses and dissertations. The lack of written sources
for the history of people who faced enforced illiteracy under slavery
and limited education over a lengthy period thereafter has proved a
continued problem. Thus a volume of reminiscences such as No Quit-
tin' Sense is especially welcome.
Ada Morehead Holland of Houston first heard of the Reverend
Mr. C. C. White in 1964 when she read a newspaper note about his
distribution of food "to needy people of all races" from a smokehouse
he called "God's Storehouse." Interviews between White and Mrs.
Holland provided material for articles in Ebony and Texas Magazine
and for this full-length autobiography of White-one of the most im-
portant by a black Texan because it touches on most facets of Negro
life in East Texas for three-quarters of a century.
White, a preacher in the Baptist church and later in the Church
of God in Christ, presents considerable information on the nature of
black religion and the role of Negro ministers. He describes different
aspects of black social and family life as they varied according to situa-
tion and social class. Economic affairs such as wages, credit, and depres-
sion problems and agencies receive some attention. The limitations on
White's education provide potential insight into the problems of mod-
ern schools. He discusses both close personal relations with individual
whites and instances of social and legal discrimination. Briefly he men-
tions Negro voting problems and patterns. A few passages suggest the
psychological burden of life within a caste system. The last chapters
recount the low-key efforts by Negroes and whites and the sporadic
progress in one relatively isolated East Texas town during the civil
rights movement of the 195o's and 1960's. Yet above all, these are the
reminiscences of a man who spent much of his life "concerned . . .


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