Book Reviews delineation, that epoch's baneful effects deserve more than brief acknowledgements. A retired police officer's perspective about the city he protected is illuminating, but the terms "misdemeanor rape" (63), as here defined, and "Neighborhood Oriented Policing" (63), as here denigrated, do not. Even in folklore, when a writer hems and haws, such loose ends should be tended. Romantic inclinations always color a people's remembrances, and fond delusions are often perpetuated by the best storytellers. Naturally then, this diverting tome, spun by beguilingly vernacular tongues, paints a slightly fantastical history. Although oversights abound, it celebrates a cardinal truth: the oddest of humankind--and other things besides--have lived in Texas. Tampa, Florida Amir Shachmurove The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present. By Margaret Lewis Furse. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2014. Pp. 272. Notes, bibliography, index.) Richard White has argued that there is a place for memory if historians remember they are not the center of the historical enterprise. "History has limits and historians embody those limits," he wrote in June 2002 article from the Journal of American History, "Here is the Problem: An Introduction," adding that between historians and subjects lies "an abyss" (18).
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Feb 13, 2015
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