The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 242
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242 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
La Salle is still declared to be the first European settler in Texas; Hous-
ton is described as a "big Indian fighter heap," and his life apparently
ceased to be useful at San Jacinto; Austin's real service and distinction,
as the founder of American civilization in Texas, are wholly lost sight
of; Crockett-whose connection with Texas history is no nearer than
that of Daniel Boone, beyond the simple fact of his heroic but futile
sacrifice at the Alamo-is depicted merely as a rough-and-ready bear
hunter, who could shoot straight and swear loud. There are repeated
in the "story" of Crockett two or three of the baldest fabrications of
that kind of licensed romance that has heretofore passed current as
history in the Texas schools and among Texas bookwriters. We have
a State Historical Association, and it should be its duty to suppress
such literature, while it cultivates the splendid possibilities of a field
that offers such transcendent opportunities to the capable and intelli-
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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/m1/264/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.