The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 99, July 1995 - April, 1996 Page: 118
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life among Mason County's German Methodists in the early twentieth
century. Elton Miles's Tales of the Big Bend, first published in 1976, still
charms the reader with its regional folklore. Jim and Judy Lanning's
Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days, in its third printing, showcases
WPA Federal Writers' Project interviews of the 1930s with Texas
cowhands. Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale's Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos
Mining Company, also in its third printing, chronicles the rise and de-
cline of the mercury-mining boomtown. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
called Quicksilver "local history at its best." To order any of these books,
contact Texas A&M University Press, Drawer C, College Station 77843-
4354, telephone 1-800-826-8911.
Louisiana State University Press has published the eighth volume in
The Papers of Jefferson Davis ($55.00). This volume covers the year 1862,
for Davis "a year of lofty hopes meshed with sadness and bitter disap-
pointments" as the Civil War expanded and military affairs consumed
Noah Smithwick's account of his life and travels in Mexican and early
Anglo Texas, The Evolution of a State or Recollections of Old Texas Days,
stands as a classic of Texas literature. Yet the narrative, pieced together
by Smithwick's daughter from his recollections in the 189os, requires
careful, extensive annotation. Alwyn Barr has provided this, and a
thoughtful introduction, in W. Thomas Taylor's handsome 1995 edi-
tion, the third in the Library of Texas series. The price is $47.50 for Li-
brary of Texas subscribers and $55.00 for non-subscribers. To order,
contact W. Thomas Taylor Printers, Publishers, and Antiquarian Book-
sellers, 1906 Miriam, Austin 78722, telephone 512/478-7628, fax
Robert Wooster's The Military and United States Indian Policy, 1865-
190o3, originally published by Yale University Press as part of its Western
Americana series, is now available in a paperback edition from the Uni-
versity of Nebraska Press, 312 North 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
68588-0484, telephone 402/472-3581. When the book was first pub-
lished in 1988, it won numerous plaudits, the American Historical Review
calling it "a model of analytic history."
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