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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Consisting of eight journals kept by Colonel Dodge and introductory essays
written by the editor, this volume follows the intrepid army officer through a
series of frontier crises and controversies. The journals begin following an
attempt by the Northern Cheyenne to escape from their Indian Territory
reservation and return to their original lands in the autumn of 1878.
Although Dodge's forces did not directly engage the Indians during their
highly publicized outbreak, the colonel provides an interesting perspective on
the army's frantic attempt to quell the uprising and ensure that no further
such episodes occurred in the future. Later journals chronicle Colonel
Dodge's efforts to plan, construct, and manage a temporary fort along the
North Fork of the Canadian River in present-day Oklahoma. During the con-
struction and occupation of the structure, Dodge also recounts the frequent
clashes between the army and the Indian Bureau over policies concerning the
management of reservations in Indian Territory. Colonel Dodge then turns to
his private life and records his visit to see his wife and son in Kansas, after
which the army officer secures a leave to follow his son's traveling theater
troupe around the Midwest. Finally, the last journal consists of Dodge's reflec-
tions during an expedition under the command of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie
into Colorado's Rocky Mountains to secure the final approval of the Ute lead-
ership for a treaty that would cede much of their aboriginal lands to the fed-
Although students of the history of the U.S. Army will find these journals
most useful for information concerning the daily affairs of officers stationed
along the western frontier, anyone studying the late nineteenth-century
American West will find these journals to be a treasure chest of fascinating
insights, colorful anecdotes, and intriguing facts. In addition, Professor Kime's
expert editing transforms these personal journals into an excellent research
manual-one filled with helpful cross-references, amazingly detailed notes,
clear commentaries, and beautiful photographs and illustrations. Historians
are indebted to Professor Kime for continuing his exceptional work on this
project and for bringing these important journals to the public's attention.
Winona, Minnesota DANIEL E. CROWE
From Settler to Citizen: New Mexican Economic Development and the Creation of Vecino
Society. By Ross Frank. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Pp.
xxiv+329. Illustrations and tables, preface, acknowledgments, note about
translations, abbreviations, introduction, conclusion, notes, glossary, bibli-
ography. ISBN 0-520-22206-7. $45.00, cloth.)
From Settler to Citizen is one of the most important examinations of the colonial
Southwest to appear in many years. In this exhaustively researched and clearly
presented work, Ross Frank reveals the economic foundations of cultural identi-
ty among the New Mexican settler community of the late colonial period. With
the publication of this book, Frank secures his place as one of the leading inter-
preters of colonial New Mexico.
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