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down the fragile first editions or working from stapled photostatic copies there-
of. Further, editor de la Teja has carefully gone through the material, clarified
unwieldy (or mistaken) translations in the initial publication phase, and added
helpful annotations in brackets to make these diary accounts even more useful.
Also added is a bibliography of works cited by the authors/translators, as well as
related books and articles published since 1930.
The reissue of this series could not have come at a more appropriate time, as
interest in primary sources for our history seems to be on the upswing. In the
last decade a number of previously untranslated diaries and reports have been
published, continuing the worthy labors of Foik, Castafieda, Forrestal, Tous,
Hoffmann, and other Catholic scholars who contributed to the "Preliminary
Studies" series. The attempts in the 1990os by both the Texas Department of
Transportation and the National Park Service to verify the path of our Camino
Real have relied extensively on such sources, as have individual scholars who are
reassessing earlier interpretations on the full spectrum of life during the colo-
nial period. Moreover, with the recent discoveries of historical sites and artifacts
all over Texas-and the growing public appreciation for them-we need more
such primary sources in order to understand the significance of these finds.
Judging from the preface by Roy Barkley, immediate past president of the
TCHS, the reissue of this series is only the beginning of round two in the Soci-
ety's life, and we may expect many more publications from them in the future.
New scholarship is being solicited, but this reviewer, unable to afford Castafie-
da's original volumes or even the Arno reprints, is hoping for a cheap facsimile
edition of the classic Our Catholic Heritage in Texas. It has stood the test of time
very well and still has great value to any Texan interested in the origins of this
special corner of the world we now call home.
Austin, Texas JACK JACKSON
A Race at Bay: New York Times Editorials on "the Indian Problem," i86o-z9oo. By
Robert G. Hays. (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University
Press, 1997. Pp. xxx+359. Foreword by Paul Simon, preface, introduction,
index. ISBN 0-8093-20o67-3. $39.95, cloth).
In his important 1984 work, The Indian Frontier and the American West, 1846-
z89o, Robert M. Utley states that after the Civil War years Indian policy exhibited
"a strange mixture of genuine humanitarianism and crass self interest." Robert G.
Hays's new work, A Race at Bay: New York Times Edztorials on "the Indian Prob-
lem, 1860-90oo permits readers the opportunity to examine these contradictory
positions and arguments as presented in the pages of this influential daily.
Hays divides these editorials into a broad range of subject matter including
such areas as the statues of Indians in American society, Indian wars, the en-
croachment of "civilization," and corruption within governmental agencies. The
many newspaper columns in the eleven chapters of this book share one unifying
characteristic: they reveal the inconsistency of opinion regarding the treatment
of and relations with Native Americans. Hays's work is significant because in one



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