The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 128
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the legends that have evolved since the battle of the Alamo. The
perpetration of these tall tales can be attributed, Lord believes, to
a combination of the nature of the frontier, Victorian romanticism,
faulty research, and Texas pride.
" 'Let Us Attack the Enemy and Give Them Hell'," is an eye-
witness account of the "Runaway Scrape" and the battle of San
Jacinto by Dr. N. D. Labadie of Anahuac. The journal is a descrip-
tion of the unbelievable chaos created in South Texas during March
of I836, and the sacrifice one man had to make for an independent
In "The Texas Navy" John Jenkins calls for, and illustrates, in-
creased appreciation of the contributions of Texas naval forces to
the Texas Revolution. Although land-oriented historians have ignored
this contribution, Jenkins believes that "a case can actually be made
for the claim that Texas won her independence and maintained it
as long as she did because of her naval forces and their extraordinary
"Life in the Land of Beginning Again," by Wayne Gard, describes
what Texans had to face after cutting their political and military
ties with Mexico. In spite of the fact that the new government had
serious problems, Texas did grow during the decade of the Republic's
existence. The population more than doubled, and Texas began to
exhibit "a more steady evolution from the primitive sodbuster's
frontier to a more comfortable .. . existence, with enough economic,
political and social amenities to form a base for the future life of
an American state."
Much of this change during the Republic years could be seen
as the continual spread of American institutions across the continent.
This westward sweep, in keeping with the accepted concept of
Manifest Destiny, was believed to be inevitable, and of providential
design. David Lavender's "The Mexican War: Climax of Manifest
Destiny," concludes that the Mexican War and not the annexation
of Texas, was the ultimate expression of Manifest Destiny. The causes
of the Mexican War have been disputed since the conclusion of hos-
tilities in 1848, but Lavender, both with his narrative and with abund-
ant illustrations, presents a convincing argument that most Americans
at the conclusion of the Mexican War, "felt that destiny had at last
fulfilled its promise and their nation was now complete."
Stephen B. Oates, the general editor, is to be commended for
assembling a compact study of the Republic of Texas. Because the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970, periodical, 1970; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117147/m1/144/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.