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essays on African American higher education. On the other hand, some essays
do not seem to fit the scope of this book. Greg Moses' editorial writing ranges
from racism at Texas universities, a tenure dispute at Texas A&M, and racism
and the New Republic; it is not always clear how all of this relates to the scope of
this book. Section three consists of charts identifying all African Americans
who have served in the Texas Legislature, a set of biographical sketches of
black Texans, and bibliographical material. While the charts of legislators are
handy, the biographical pieces lack critical insight, and in some instances are
dated. Much of the bibliographical material is also dated.
In spite of these problems David Williams has produced a book that all
students of African American history in Texas need to look at. If nothing
else, Williams reminds us how rich the African American contribution to
Texas is, and how much more work needs to be done in researching and
writing this history.
Texas Southern University CARY D. WINTZ
Black Land, Red River: A Pictorial History of Grayson County, Texas. By Sherrie S.
McLeRoy. (Virginia Beach: The Donning Company/Publishers, Pp. 192.
Illustrations, acknowledgments, bibliography, photo credits, index. ISBN
The Cradle of Texas: A Pictorial History of San Augustine County. Compiled and edit-
ed by Charla Jones. (Austin, Eakin Press, Pp. xiv+ 12. Illustrations, fore-
word, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index.
ISBN 1-57168-128-o. $31.95, cloth.)
Gillespie County: A View of its Past. By Monty and Michelle Mohon. (Virginia
Beach, The Donning Company/Publishers, Pp. 192. Illustrations, bibliogra-
phy, index. ISBN 0-89865-964-7. Cloth.)
Nacogdoches, Texas: A Pictorial History. By Archie P. McDonald. Photos selected by
R. G. and Ouida Whitaker Dean. (Virginia Beach, The Donning
Company/Publishers, Pp. 192. Illustrations, foreword, acknowledgments,
introduction, selected bibliography, index. ISBN o-89865-975-2. Cloth.)
These books have much in common. They are all sponsored by local or-
ganizations, and there is little evidence of bias. All have a text narrative with
no footnotes, or endnotes. They all use black and white photographs except
for a color dust jacket, and the pictures carry captions to identify people and
events. By and large, the photographs are reproduced well. Beyond the data in
the captions, however, there is but little effort to draw further historical infor-
mation from the context of the pictures. The books are much like family
photo albums that have been expanded to fit a larger group of people. The
volumes are set up in "coffee-table" format, and seem to be intended for the
pleasure of the featured community. Likely, they have fulfilled this purpose.
There are also some qualitative differences between the books. Sherrie S.
McLeRoy provides an engaging, humorous text and the best integration of
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