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ern nationalism, and the effort to produce a literature that
would be a credit to the Southern way of life and culture.
The warm friendship between Charles Gayarr6 and Paul Hayne
is reflected in the correspondence between these "last literary
cavaliers." The planter environment was not conducive to cre-
ative writing, as exemplified in the biographical sketch of gifted
Philip Pendleton Cook. Consequently, Cook's talents were smoth-
ered and the world has only a few choice morsels from his pen.
The last essay describes the activities of Unitarian churchmen
in the South and reveals the paucity of liberalism in the region
before 1860.
The volume maintains the high standards of Duke University
Press both as to presswork and authorship. All essays are ade-
quately footnoted and nine pages of index enhance the useful-
ness of the work.
Louisiana Polytechnic Institute.
A Diplomatic History of the American People. By Thomas A.
New York: F. S. Crofts and Company, 1940. Pp. xxiv, 768. $4.25.
The excellence of this comprehensive text is not a surprise
to those who know the Stanford professor's articles on Lodge's
Corollary, the Nicaragua Canal, the Japanese and Alien Land
Legislation, and the writings on the Lusitania Case. The author
does his best work of chronicling public opinion for the period
after 1898. The cynical may frown upon the author's statement
that in the American democracy "public opinion determines
fundamental policies". Certainly his portrayal of the public's
grasp of fundamental issues is not always complimentary (pp.
134 and 679). This book is important as the first serious attempt
to record for our whole history "what the people thought about
what was happening," and as an effort "to discover what pres-
sures they brought to bear upon the government to change
its course." (p. xi)
About one fourth of this study deals with our first fifty years
as a new nation. The reader notes the relatively meager amount
of material on public opinion until he reaches the War of 1812
when recent researches come to his assistance and available
files of newspapers, magazines, etc. increase. The next 300


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