The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 96, July 1992 - April, 1993 Page: 438
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Southwestern Historzcal Quarterly
century guides to the West from the society's collections, prepared by
guest curator George Miles.
In 1853 Sam Houston purchased thirteen-year-old Jeff Hamilton at
a slave auction in Huntsville. The boy became his manservant, driver,
and assistant until the General's death ten years later. In 1936 the
Texas Centennial Association commissioned Lenoir Hunt, author of
Bluebonnets and Blood, to interview the elderly ex-slave, then living with
a daughter in Belton. My Master, The Inside Story of Sam Houston and His
Tzmes by His Former Slave Jeff Hamilton as Told to Lenoir Hunt (Austin:
State House Press, 1992; $14.95 paper, $24.95 cloth, $6o.oo limited
edition) is a reprint, with new illustrations and photographs, of the
scarce first edition published in 1940, shortly before Hamilton's death
at age lot. "It is something new, this opportunity of seeing a public
character through the eyes of his former slave," wrote Franklin Wil-
liams, Houston's grandson (p. v). At their first session Hunt recorded
Hamilton as saying of the General, "There was a real man for you-
one of that kind of leaders who had a mind of his own on slavery an'
secession an' everything else, an' who believed in treatin' us slaves like
we're human beings!" (p. x).
Anne Mathews's Where the Buffalo Roam (New York: Grove Weiden-
feld, 1992; $19.95) is the account of the calmly audacious plan of Frank
and Deborah Popper, an academic couple from suburban New Jersey,
to turn 139,000 square miles in ten Plains states from Montana to Texas
into an ecological reserve which they call the Buffalo Commons. "In a
pig's eye, say many of the 6.5 million current residents of the Great
Plains" (p. xii).
Louisiana State University Press has published two books that focus
respectively on the role of partisan politics and politicians whose views
were outside the mainstream in explaining the outbreak of the Civil
War: Michael F. Holt's Political Parties and American Polztical Development
from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln ($35.oo), a collection of pro-
vocative essays, all but two of which were previously published over a
twenty-year span; and Eric H. Walther's The Fire-Eaters ($12.95 paper,
$39.95 cloth), which examines the lives of nine of the most prominent
Southern fire-eaters, including Sen. Louis T. Wigfall of Texas. To or-
der contact LSU Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70893.
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