The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 259
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Someone has said that the dictator nations are nations
of the cultivated mind. The American, the Texan historian
does not believe in and will not support that kind of culture.
The cultivated mind of the dictator nations is the mind of a
culture warped, a culture of greed and hate and brutal,
abysmal force. Ours is and must continue to be a culture of
cleanliness, of righteousness, and of decent human ethics.
It is the duty of the historian to preserve and to expand
As America expects every individual to do his duty, so
does America expect associations made up of individuals
to do their duty. This is no time to falter, to trim, to cry
halt, to weaken, to quit. The American way of life is a
precious way. It is the duty of the historian and of the
historical association to do everything to preserve that way.
American boys who go to battle must be armed with bullets
and bayonets and hand grenades. They must carry with
them also a deep, an abiding faith in the spiritual decency
symbolized in and based upon our past. It is the duty of
the factory to furnish the mechanical tools of war. It is the
duty of the historian and of the historical association to
supply the knowledge of the past upon which the spirit of
the present must feed and breathe and grow.
As this is being written in a quiet office far removed from
the drone of fighting planes and the explosions of deadly
bombs, tower chimes ring with the refrain from the
Christmas carol, "Peace on earth. Good will among men."
Appropriate and timely, perhaps, would be the last stanza
of another Christmas carol, "To Children," written by (of
all people) Ogden Nash. It runs:
God rest you, Merry Innocents,
While innocence endures.
A sweeter Christmas than we to ours
May you bequeath to yours.
It is the duty of the historian and of the historical asso-
ciation to think straight, to be brave in heart, to carry
through, so that we, together with the rest of a great
people, may pave the way for our children's bequest to
their children of a sweeter Christmas and sweeter days
for all the years to be.
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