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allotted more space than is La Salle, while one chapter-extraordinary
in a history of Texas-a "Synopsis of the American Revolution," is as
lengthy as the history of Texas from 1775 to i8oo. And there is more
social history on West Texas Indian tribes than on the Spaniards.
Volume II, Texas z82z-z848, likewise suffers from imbalance. Hous-
ton's first administration as president of the Republic is covered in
just four pages, while ancestors of people now living in Fort Stockton
are chronicled repeatedly in lengthy detail. Volume III, Texas 1848-
z861, is totally mistitled, for its focus is almost exclusively West Texas;
there is little, if anything, in it about politics or slavery, little concern
about the approaching Civil War, or about East Texas. Furthermore, it
contains excessively long quotes (particularly about Big Foot Wallace).
Thus Never Again is not a history of Texas to 1861, for its emphasis
is West Texas, particularly the Fort Stockton region. For those parts
that do relate to the overall history of Texas, the major sources appar-
ently were H. H. Bancroft and C. E. Castafieda; thus it presents little
"new data"-and it has no bibliography. Nor is this a handsome set
worthy of the price. The illustrations are wretchedly reproduced, with
some maps so blurred as to be worthless, and the volumes resemble
examples of nineteenth-century bookmaking more than something
designed in the twentieth century. Yet Clayton Williams did find new
information about the region he obviously loves-West Texas in the
vicinity of Fort Stockton. Oral history is blended with family docu-
ments unavailable to other scholars to produce some fine writing about
the Fort Stockton country. Moreover, Williams writes in a chatty, in-
formal style that is very readable. Had these volumes been properly
titled, properly edited, properly manufactured, and reasonably priced,
they would have constituted a worthwhile contribution to Texas
Oklahoma State University ODIE B. FAULK
Men Without Countries. By John Edward Weems. (Boston: Houghton
Mifflin Company, 1969. Pp. ix+265. Illustrations, bibliography.
After the American Revolution the West attracted vast hordes of
people. For some, chances for virgin land and economic betterment
were persistent lures, for others, political and social equality. But for


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