The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 263
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Duncan Robinson writes on "Coronado and His Army," and
John L. McCarty follows with "Literature of the Plains," a
bibliography of books dealing with Plains subjects.
It is interesting to observe that the lay historical contrib-
utors outnumber the professional historians. Throughout the
book review section the needs of readers in the Panhandle
area are kept to the foreground.
The Editors of the Review have done an excellent job in
saving the history of the first generation of settlers. Unfor-
tunately, pioneer work carries its own defects. The time may
come when there will be fewer typographical errors and less
interesting articles in the Review.
John McCarty's bibliography "Literature of the Plains" should
be very useful to the Junior Historians in building up Texas
Joe Frantz, 312 Bridge Street, Weatherford, Texas, has writ-
ten a master's thesis on Newspapers of the Republic of Texas.
The material has been compiled as a series of notes, rather
than as a continuous narrative, in order to facilitate reference
to the various papers. Details discussed under each newspaper
include the dates of publication, advertising and subscription
rates, circulation agents, personnel, and political preferences.
Separate chapters are devoted to brief biographies of the pub-
lishers and to the problems of publishing.
One has to wonder whether the early publisher was courage-
ous or foolhardy. Certainly, the chances for financial success
were almost infinitesimal when it is considered that more than
eighty newspapers were published or promised during a period
when population, though on the upswing, was sparse and Texas
currency was practically worthless. A localized summation of
the situation was presented by the San Augustine Red-Lander
on November 25, 1841:
. . .There are more papers published now in Gal-
veston with her handful of population, than were pub-
lished in the city of New York, when she numbered
100,000 souls. The contrast is great: so great that it
is evident the newspaper publishing in Texas, has gone
far a-head [sic] of the ability of the people to patronise.
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