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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

between the Alabama and the Hatteras, "the first yard arm action between
two steamers at sea" some twenty-eight miles off Galveston, Texas. Also, the
editor provides a fine picture of the Alabama's final clash with the Kear-
The book ends with "Appendices and Log as Presented in the Fullam
Manuscript" which accounts for the Alabama's confirmed taking of sixty-
six enemy craft.
In all, Fullam's published Journal is a handsome and useful volume.
Appropriately and logically, as one works his way toward the heart of the
book, the overly involved editorial comments of the earlier pages come into
a proper ratio with the text. As was pointed out in the first sentence of this
review, this is a strange book to work with. Much of the early part is with-
out real meaning to the reader who is not a close student of the career of
Raphael Semmes; however, the main portion of the Journal offers signifi-
cant information to anyone with a concern over the role of the Confederate
raiders in the Civil War.
Texas A&M University ALLAN C. ASHCRAFT
The Classic Southwest: Readings in Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Ethnol-
ogy. Edited by Basil C. Hedrick et al. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois
University Press, 1973. Pp. xii + 193. Bibliography, index. $ I o.)
According to the editors, The Classic Southwest was designed as an
anthology of "the most important and difficult to obtain early writings on
the archaeology, ethnohistory and folklore of the American Southwest"
(p. x). As with any anthology, one can quibble with the individual selec-
tions-why two articles by Bandelier and none by Berlandier; why Boat-
right but no Dobie? Nonetheless, the volume is a readable and enjoyable
gathering of articles published before 1940. Many of the selections, espe-
cially Prudden's "Elder Brother to the Cliff Dwellers" and Lummis' "The
Penitent Brothers," contain beautifully written narrative passages and re-
mind us that there was a time when scholars believed it possible to be both
scientific and literate. Several of the articles (for example, Kidder's "Specu-
lations on New World Prehistory" and Brand's "Aboriginal Trade Routes
for Sea Shells in the Southwest") are of historical as well as archaeological
significance in that they first presented a new concept or an important and
still pertinent body of data, while William Strong's I927 article, "An Anal-
ysis of Southwestern Society," is a brilliant survey and a "classical contribu-
tion to southwestern studies" (p. I I1).
The editors intended the volume for "specialists in various disciplines"


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