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also from western frontiersmen. "A desire to conform to the dominant
plantation culture" (p. 181), combined with a conviction that the Union,
under Republican rule, would no longer be functionally advantageous,
propelled a majority of Texans quickly into the secessionists' camp, not
as a result of mature deliberation, but out of an expediency fueled by
Buenger draws on a wide and impressive range of materials to tell his
story, which, as a dissertation, deservedly received the Mrs. Simon
Baruch Prize of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. His empha-
sis on ethnicity and his careful-though not computer generated-
analysis of voting statistics shed new light on a familiar sequence of
events. One might wish for a more quantitative approach; one might
expect, in a book whose jacket promises "conclusions about the entire
secession movement," more comparisons with other states (J. Mills
Thornton's study of Alabama, for instance, is inexplicably absent from
the bibliography). Nevertheless, one will also be quite satisfied with this
thorough and competent study, which should become the standard
work on its subject.
Middlebury College JOHN MCCARDELL
The Texas Governor's Mansion: A History of the House and Its Occupants. By
Jean Houston Daniel, Price Daniel, and Dorothy Blodgett. (Austin:
Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1985- Pp. 349-
Preface, introduction, epilogue, notes, appendices, illustrations,
bibliography, index. $30.)
This handsomely designed and beautifully illustrated volume is a
labor of love begun by Jean Houston Daniel while a resident of the
Governor's Mansion over twenty years ago. Mrs. Daniel was convinced
that the lovely, white-columned mansion fully deserved a book of its
own. In the course of her investigations she examined the pertinent
primary and secondary materials relating to the mansion and enlisted
the services of her husband, former governor, attorney general, U.S.
senator, and supreme court justice Price Daniel, and a professional
writer and consultant, Dorothy Blodgett, to aid in the completion of
the project. The result is a thorough study of the 13o-year-old man-
sion, the oldest executive residence still in use west of the Mississippi
River and fourth oldest in the nation, as well as a warm and under-
standing story of the men, women, and children who have lived in the


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