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some way figured in the biographies of the fifty-nine men of Washington-
on-the-Brazos. It could have brought to life the relatively small stage
upon which the events of the Revolution took place: all this with very
little more effort-the difference between a thoughtful book and another
kind. As it stands, the book contains fifty-nine thumbnail sketches of the
signers and some poor pictures, and accomplishes, I guess, its original
The Victorian Society in America WILLIAM SEALE
White Sects and Black Men in the Recent South. By David Edwin Har-
rell, Jr. (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1971. Pp. xix+161.
Bibliographical essay, notes, index. $6.50.)
For a person baffled by the numerous splinter groups in the right-
wing of Southern Protestantism this book will provide one of the most
helpful delineations available. For one baffled by the complexities of the
social views of the same groups, this book will be unsettling--not because
the author has not done his work well, for he certainly has. And in doing
so he has rightly challenged the oversimplified treatments often given
to the little understood minority. Yet Professor Harrell does not at-
tempt to exonerate the sectarians; rather, he finds that they often reflect
blatant racist attitudes.
The book does little with quantitative data. It analyzes what spokes-
men have said but does not attempt to measure effects-either upon
the constituents or the South in general.
Readers might well be surprised by the author's use of the word
redneck (and Edwin S. Gaustad's use of the same word in the preface).
If the group referred to ever should become militant, its members will
undoubtedly object to such a label.


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