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Most essays are directed to specifically defined topics; but Gilbert C.
Fite's "The Great Plains: Promises, Problems, and Prospects" ad-
dresses broader problems of contemporary public policy and plains
living (as well as broader aspects of plains history) and defines issues of
enormous importance to the plainsmen of the 1980s. Fite's essay ought
to be required reading for everyone who, in any way, will affect the
future of the region.
In summary, this is an entirely creditable publication and portends
an eminent future for the Center for Great Plains Studies.
West Texas State University FREDERICK W. RATHJEN
Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women's Cam-
paign Against Lynching. By Jacquelyn Dowd Hall. (New York:
Columbia University Press, 1979. Pp. xiv+373. Bibliography, in-
dex. $14.95.)
There was good reason to believe that Jacquelyn Dowd Hall would
fail in writing this book. As she points out, it is a hybrid of biography,
social history, and political history. It includes a biography of Jesse
Daniel Ames as well as an account of the women's suffrage movement
in Texas, the development of the Women's Committee of the Commis-
sion on Interracial Cooperation in the 192os, and the work of the Asso-
ciation of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching (ASWPL).
Throughout sizable portions of the book Ames even vanishes from
the pages-as, for example, in chapter three, which examines the rela-
tion between Protestant missionary societies of the late nineteenth
century and the civil rights movement of the twentieth century. The
fact is that Professor Hall did not fail. She succeeded masterfully in
integrating a number of subjects into a unified whole; and in doing
that she wrote one of the best books to date on southern white women
in the twentieth century.
Ames's career provided an excellent vantage point for viewing the
history of social feminism and the transition from that issue to a con-
cern for civil rights of blacks. The .relations between feminism and
civil rights was not unique, of course, to the career of Ames and the
ASWPL; there had been a close affinity between those movements in
the antebellum era, just as there would be again in the 1960s. Professor
Hall contributed a new and important chapter to the history of the
feminism/civil rights relation by developing a sensitive and insightful
biography which goes beyond Ames's public career to explain how


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