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ous organizations stationed at Fort Bliss up to 1916. The five
various locations of the fort are adequately stated.
It is a slim book with preface, introduction, text, and appen-
dix covering approximately half a hundred pages. One is as-
sured there are no wasted words and no excessive emotion-
alizing; it is a book of facts. The illustrations are well chosen
and add to the value of the book. For frontispiece the colonel
has chosen "The Post of El Paso, 1849-1851" by H. C. Pratt,
a painting recovered from oblivion in New England by the
Texas State Historical Association.
The volume will have real appeal for any man who has served
at Fort Bliss; it is an excellently done local history item. It
is from the Press of Carl Hertzog and will be sought by many
for the excellence of its format. The printing is done with
Hertzog's customary care; the end papers are especially attrac-
tive and of historic value.
The University of Texas
The United States, 1865-1900: A Survey of Current Literature
with Abstracts of Unpublished Dissertations. Curtis Wis-
well Garrison (ed.). Fremont, Ohio (The Rutherford B.
Hayes-Lucy Webb Hayes Foundation), 1944. Volume II,
September, 1942-December, 1943. Pp. 453. $1.00.
This volume, as its title indicates, is a survey of contribu-
tions to knowledge of history and life in the United States in
the period 1865-1900 which appeared from September, 1942,
through December, 1943. The works appraised are grouped in
the following sections: Political and Constitutional, Interna-
tional Relations, Economic and Social, Educational and Intel-
lectual, Religion, Literature and Art, Regional and State. There
are additional sections on Recent Textbooks, Surveys, and Pop-
ular Histories, and Abstracts of Unpublished Dissertations.
This mere listing of the sections of the volume indicates the
magnitude of the project, whose ultimate aim is "to make it
ever clearer what knowledge has gained from the yearly out-
put" concerning the period 1865-1900, which the editor regards
as "the period of origins of our present American civilization."
The primary criterion set up by the editor in the appraise-
ment of the works surveyed is "the value of the book or article
as a contribution to knowledge." The editor admits that "me-


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