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which may lead to complacency, for one can find, as indeed Professor
Rundell does, that there is evidence for saying that historians have
utilized virtually every known technique and type of primary source
material. Nevertheless, the fact that some historians are acquainted
with social science techniques or that some are critical of these tech-
niques is scarcely a measure of the profession's knowledge and use of
the social sciences in historical research, nor indeed of the effective-
ness of that use. For example, what can be said of a graduate student's
assertion that he was enabled to utilize "content analysis" on his pri-
mary sources because of his reading of the works of Sigmund Freud?
The author has covered all of the usual areas of historians' methods,
and includes, in addition, chapters on collecting original sources,
photo-copying, documentary editing, researcher-custodial relations, and
research needs. In addition there are appendices which include the
mailed questionnaire, a useful list of microfilm finding aids, and a
syllabus of David Donald's seminar in methods and techniques of his-
torical research. In all, this is a volume that should be useful to his-
torians, graduate students in history, and archivists.
Case Western Reserve University DAVID D. VAN TASSEL
The American Indian, 926-1931. Edited by Lee F. Harkins. Intro-
duction and index by John M. Carroll. (2 vols.; New York: Liv-
eright Publishing Corp., 1970).
The American Indian was a monthly magazine consisting of fifty-
one issues published between October, 1926, and March, 1931. Its
editor, Lee F. Harkins, a mixed-blood Chickasaw-Choctaw Oklahoman,
devoted his journal to "everyday Indian news and the preservation of
Indian lore." During its existence, Harkins' magazine gave articulate
Indians a means of expressing their sense of pride in their Indian
heritage and role in United States history. Four decades before the
current emergence of the "Red Power" movement, Editor Harkins
was pleading for Indian unity by presenting articles that emphasized
the aspirations of Joseph Brant, Tecumseh, Sequoyah, Pushmataha,
and Petelscharo.
Essentially, Harkins was appealing to the 1i5,ooo Oklahomans of
Indian descent. He enlisted educated, talented Indians-Muriel H.
Wright and Joe Bruner are representative-to contribute historical
articles on the Choctaws and Creeks. Many issues contain little-known
versions of Indian legends but a substantial number of Indian history


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