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Book Reviews

of locomotion on American farms, a debate ostensibly won forever by
the machine, in spite of a resurgence in the use of draft animals in the
past decade.
Working the Range, on the other hand, is a collection of essays con-
cerned with a variety of perspectives of man's relation to land in the
West. Land speculation, land use and management, federal land policy,
and abuse and attempted modification of the environment are among
the subjects treated.
Three studies are devoted to native Americans and their land, i.e.,
the efforts of the Rio Grande Pueblos to hold their tribal land and
water, the role of the Indian Peace Commission in returning the Nava-
jos to their homeland in 1868, and the Resolution of 1871 passed by
Congress that abolished its power to make treaties with native Ameri-
cans and thus its ability to establish reservations.
Important to Texas scholars are the essays dealing with ranching and
speculation in Lynn County, the overview of the Texas Angora Goat in-
dustry, and the attempts in Texas at rainfall augmentation.
Both anthologies were compiled to honor the work of Charles L.
Wood, whose interest in the reciprocal relation between settlers and
their environment has led, in particular, to a greater understanding of
the ecological impact of agriculture on the Great Plains since plows first
cut the prairie sod. Each essay was written either by one of Wood's stu-
dents or a colleague and consequently reflects his influence.
Although the essays vary as far as readability is concerned, they are
all marked by solid research in primary materials and thoughtful analy-
sis. They will be of interest to Great Plains and agricultural historians
Philmont Scout Ranch STEPHEN ZIMMER
Cimarron, New Mexico
Remembering Who We Are: Observations of a Southern Conservative. By
Melvin E. Bradford. (Athens: The University of Georgia Press,
1985. Pp. xx+ 178. Notes and index. $15.95.)
M. E. Bradford, professor of English at the University of Dallas, has
long been found in the lists of those few daring souls who have the gall
to attack the prevalent academic establishment in its liberal interpreta-
tions of the South, its traditions, its history, and its proper role in the
American community. For so doing he deserves a whole chestful of
gold medals-it is a real pleasure to read thoughtful interpretations of
southern society that are not posited upon an assumption of southern
inferiority or upon a Machiavellian reading of regional patterns of seg-
regation and prejudice. To write in such a fashion takes, even in 1986,


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