The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999 Page: 17
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Parks for Texas
Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal
BY JAMES WRIGHT TEEL
State parks across Texas offer a world of
opportunities for recreation and education.
Yet few park visitors or park managers know
the remarkable story of how this magnificent
state park system came into being during the
depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Drawing on archival records and examining
especially the political context of the New
Deal, Steely here provides the first compre-
hensive history of the founding and building
of the Texas state park system, focusing in
detail on the activities of the Civilian
Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage
330 pp., 11 color and 59 b&w photos
Comanches in the New West,
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'These historic photos preserve the "interim"
generation of Comanches, including Quanah
Parker and two of his an ,n a
wives, who endured ua e sa oA
reservation life and n "a iuf ni
forced moves to
of farm and ranch land.
Yet the images show
not a defeated but a
resilient people who
have held on to many
of the old ways while adopting enough of
Anglo culture to survive. Noycs's historical
introduction provides context for the photos,
which he also describes in detailed captions. A
few images of Anglo settlers and towns
complete the picture of life in Indian llrritory
at this moment of change.
Jack and Doris Smnothers Series in Texas
History, Life, and Culture
7 x 10 in., 128 pp., 32 b&w photos
Ace Reid and the Cowpokes
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This collector's volume brings together 139
of Ace Reid's popular "Cowpokes"
cartoons, reproduced in large format to
show the artistry and attention to detail that
characterized Reid's work. Grouped
around themes such as work, weather,
bankers, and friends, they reveal the
distinctive "you might as well laugh as cry"
sense of humor that ranch folks draw on to
get through hard work and hard times. 'l'he
introduction by Reid's longtime friend
Elmer Kelton recounts Ace's life and
career. 'l'his book belongs on the shelf of
everyone who enjoys the dry wit of the
Southwestern Writers Collection Series
8 1/2 x 10 in., 176 pp., 139 b&w cartoons
$19.95 paperback, $40.00 hardcover
New in paperback
Edible and Useful Plants of
Texas and the Southwest
A Practical Guide
Including Recipes, Harmful Plants, Natural
Dyes, and lextile Filbers
All around us there are wild plants good for
food, medicine, clothing, and shelter, but
most of us don't know how to identify or
use them. Delena 'lll amply supplies that
knowledge in this book, one of the first
focused specifically on plants that grow in
Texas and surrounding regions of the South
and Southwest. Black-and-wvhite drawings
and color photos complement the well-
560 pp., b&w drawings, 16 pp. of color illus.
University of Texas Press
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