218 Southwestern Historical Quarterly October Mexican War. Given the importance of the press in U.S. histor y, Reilly and Witten give us a good point from which to understand the beginnings. Colorado Springs, Colorado Lance R. Blyth Savage Frontier, Volume IV, 1842–1845: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas. By Stephen L. Moore. (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2010. Pp. 263. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 9781574412932, $34.95, cloth.) This is the final book in a four-volume series focusing on the activities of the Rangers and other military forces in Texas from 1835 to 1845, then a frontier zone where multiple cultures converged. The late, venerable historian David J. Weber once wrote, “it is the power of frontiers to transform cultures that gives them special interest” (The Spanish Frontier In North America, 13), and Moore’s work chronicles how these dynamics played out in Texas during the Republic era. Concentrating on such a limited time period throughout almost fifteen hundred pages has allowed Moore to plumb the depths of this era of Ranger history. His immersion in the minutiae of the period has resulted in a ver y narrow focus where perspective and context is concerned, and Moore makes
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Oct 15, 2011
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