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goal for himself in his "Addenda." Brewer explains that he resur-
rected his 1935 volume with the intent of helping the new "aware"
generation understand "the peculiar forces that were, and are still
operating in the life of a special minority group striving to liberate
itself from second-rate citizenship under adverse and trying circum-
stances" (p. 137) . Specifically, Brewer is interested in the black
legislators of Texas and endeavors to provide important historical
information about them. His reasoning is sound, as he believes his-
torians must first develop "an authentic and detailed" account of
the black man's role in politics on the local and state level before
offering broad generalizations about "Black Reconstruction" and the
"Black Revolution" (p. 135). But if the concerned historian expects
to consider his $9.50 a sound investment in Negro Legislators of
Texas, he will be disappointed.
Professor Brewer's foray into the field of historiography offers
promise but does not deliver. Writing style might be forgiven in a
35-year-old work if one can justify its resurrection on the basis of
original thesis or because it furnishes the researcher with worth-
while documentation. But there is no original thesis in Negro Leg-
islators. Neither is there enough documentation to be called "worth-
while." In the entire book there are only 26 notes and only two of
the citations refer to material published after 1935. The reader is
not even furnished with a bibliographical guide. Professor Barr
provides more bibliographical data in his six-page "Forward" than
Brewer does for his portion of the book. The incorporation of recent
histories would have added much-needed quality.
If one can forgive Professor Brewer for his style of historiography
in 1935, he can hardly do the same for what he wrote in 197o. The
additional biographical information on four legislators who served
in the Texas State Legislature between 1966 and 1970 is interesting,
but hardly more than one can get from a dozen popular sources.
Awkwardly attached to the end of the book-after the 1935 index-
the new material develops no thesis at all.
This reviewer found Negro Legislators of Texas sadly disappoint-
ing. Even the dust cover information is misleading. The text is
hardly "a reference work for the history scholar." Neither is the
author's style "easy." It is choppy and often sounds like an obituary.
Even the price ($9.50) is hard to take. The need is indeed great for
a study of the black legislator in Texas. We need to unravel the
mysteries of how he was elected to office, what he considered his
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