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in scope, yet most of the battles it describes took place in Texas or Cali-
fornia. Throughout Garcia draws parallels with the experiences of
other ethnic groups in the U.S., particularly Afro-Americans. He also
explores some fascinating ideas about "political generations" and their
roles in Mexican American history. All in all, this is a stimulating and
important work by a mature and thoughtful scholar. It shows that the
best of the revionists are currently revising their own ideas about the
Mexican American past.
Arizona State Museum THOMAS E. SHERIDAN
A Guide to the History of Texas. By Light Townsend Cummins and Alvin R.
Bailey, Jr. (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. Pp. xi+307. Intro-
duction, appendices, index. $59.95-)
The editors intended that this volume in the "Reference Guides to
State History and Research" series serve as a preliminary bibliographi-
cal and historiographical tool for scholars and students beginning on a
research project in Texas history. To accomplish this end, the editors
divided the book into two parts: the first consists of brief descriptions
of the historical literature, arranged in seven loose chronological peri-
ods, plus separate essays on Amer-Indians, African Texans, Mexican
Texans, and women; and the second section describes some of the
holdings in archives and special collections at universities and public
depositories. The editors closed the book with two appendices that give
a short and not very valuable chronology of the state and list some of its
historical organizations.
As the editors pointed out in the introduction to the book, it was not
designed for anyone who has a detailed knowledge of a specific re-
search topic. Consequently this volume has both the merits and defects
of a guide to history for the less sophisticated scholar. Undoubtedly be-
cause of space limitations, the chronological essays on historical litera-
ture vary from four pages on the revolution and the republic to ap-
proximately twelve pages on Texas since 192o. A like restriction occurs
for those essays concerning women and minorities-for example, a
little over five pages on Mexican contributions to Texas history and
about fourteen pages on women. In other words, a reader gets a quick
introduction to historical literature but not much analyses and usually
only an implicit hint of historiography when some of the authors men-
tion possible research topics. Nevertheless, given the constraints im-
posed by space, the authors of most of the individual essays deserve
congratulations for their compact descriptions and occasional insights
concerning the historical literature of the state.


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