The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 528
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
studies concentrate upon the four states whose cultural heritage
still retain a strong Spanish flavor: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and
The American Southwest: Its People and Cultures reflects the
author's long years of residence in and first-hand knowledge of his
adopted region. In addition, it contains one of the most complete,
current bibliographies on the Southwest yet assembled. The section
entitled "A Photo Essay on the American Southwest" offers an ex-
tensive collection of modern and rare historical scenes as an excellent
balance to twenty extensive chapters of narrative ranging from "Be-
fore Columbus" to "Cultural Maturity."
Any comprehensive history of a region is bound to possess some
minor errors to provide the reviewer with an opportunity to display
his own vast knowledge of the subject. For example, on page 404
Professor Perrigo refers to "the dismissal of four tenured economic
professors" in 1944 by the University of Texas Board of Regents.
If memory serves me correctly, there were three men involved, two
of whom had tenure at the time as assistant professors, while the
third was a graduate student in economics. (How's that for nit-picking
The American Southwest: Its People and Cultures is an easy-to-
read and carefully researched book published in an attractive double-
column format. It unquestionably will hold its own with competing
works in the field, for it enjoys the distinct advantage of covering
significant events through the decade of the turbulent Sixties.
University of Toledo W. EUGENE HOLLON
The Road to Santa Fe. By Hobart E. Stocking. (New York: Hast-
ings House, 1971. Pp. xii+372. Illustrations, maps, chronology,
sources, index. $9.95.)
Putting together this book was obviously a labor of love for its
author, a geologist who divides his time between Oklahoma State and
Johns Hopkins universities. Published during the sesquicentennial
of the Santa Fe Trail, it is at once a historical, geographical, and
personal look at that 78o-mile-long artery of commerce sprawling
between Missouri and Santa Fe from 1821 down to the post-
Appomattox era. To his own travel observations, Stocking adds a
wealth of material gleaned from both primary and secondary sources
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972, periodical, 1972; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/m1/542/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.