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newly arrived immigrant in Galveston in 1843; a walk across the
Coastal Prairie from Dickinson Bayou to Brazoria in 1844; his arrival
at newly founded New Braunfels in 1845; the terrible period of epi-
demics and death; his first day as a school teacher in the colony; the
Christmas celebration at the New Braunfels orphanage in 1849; a typi-
cal Hill County German wedding; an axe-murder among the local
Germans; a joyous journey by the New Braunfels singing club to Sister-
dale; and others. Together, these vignettes capture the pleasures and
passions, tragedies and triumphs, desires and deeds of the German
colonists. In the process, Seele reveals himself as a sensitive, intelligent,
educated, perceptive, and kindly man. Here, surely, was a person
better suited to life in the genteel, long-established society of the Old
World. That he persevered and prospered on the Texas frontier is a
testimony to his adaptability.
Professor Breitenkamp confined his work largely to translation, ren-
dering Seele's fine German prose into very readable English. He did
rearrange the order of the original volume by moving the fictional "Cy-
press" to the end and placing the vignettes in chronological order, but
he made few other changes. He chose not to annotate the book, know-
ingly permitting a number of Seele's errors to stand unchallenged. A
minimal amount of information about the people and places men-
tioned by Seele was placed, curiously, in the index.
I would have preferred that Professor Breitenkamp eliminate Seele's
fiction and flawed history, concentrating exclusively on a thoroughly
documented translation of the recollections. The result would have
been a more cohesive volume. Seele himself, after all, never intended
that his diverse writings be joined.
North Texas State University TERRY G. JORDAN
From Brown to Bakke: The Supreme Court and School Integration:
1954-1978. By M. Harvie Wilkinson, III. (New York: Oxford
University Press, 1979. Pp. viii+368. Introduction, epilogue, in-
In 1954 the Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education, de-
clared school segregation to be unconstitutional. Its opinion, written by
Chief Justice Earl Warren, was short, simple, and clear: ". .. in the
field of public education the doctrine of separate but equal has no
place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Twenty-
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