This c. 1852 engraving, Union, which portrays several notable American political figures of the mid-nineteenth century, celebrates the Compromise of 1850. The figures pictured here are (front row, left to right): Winfield Scott, Lewis Cass, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and (holding a shield) Millard Fillmore. Calhoun and Webster stand with their hands resting on the Constitution, a bust of George Washington between them. Cass holds a document “Protest [illegible] Treaty.” Scott, in uniform, grasps with his right hand a portfolio from which protrude papers and maps recalling his U.S.–Mexico War victories. In the left background are (left to right): Speaker of the House Howell Cobb of Georgia, Virginia representative James McDowell, Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, and former secretary of state John M. Clayton of Delaware. In the second row at right: Ohio senator Thomas Corwin, James Buchanan, Stephen A. Douglas, attorney general John J. Crittenden, and senators Sam Houston of Texas and Henry Foote of Mississippi. Behind, beneath a genius carrying a laurel branch and liberty staff, are senators Willie P. Mangum of North Carolina and W. R. King of Alabama. At far right, below an eagle, are Daniel S. Dickinson of New York, Supreme Court justice John McLean of Ohio, and senators John Bell of Tennessee and John C. Fremont of California. While the prominent placement of John C. Calhoun in a piece called Union may seem ironic, Sam Houston never wavered in his stance against secession, as Randolph B. Campbell details in “‘A Sea of Blood and Smoking Ruin’: Reflections on Sam Houston and Slavery.” Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., http://www.loc. gov/pictures/item/2004665352/ [Accessed July 17, 2018.]
July 2018 Issue
A map of Walker County, Texas. Texas General Land Office, W. C Walsh, and August Gast & Co. Map Walker County, Texas (1879). Map retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/item/2012592073/ [Accessed Apr. 24, 2018]. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the article “The Cabiness Family Lynching: Race, War, and Memory in Walker County, Texas,” authored by Jeffrey L. Littlejohn with Charles Ford, Jami Horne, and Briana Weaver, gives deep context for a searing incident of racial violence in the county that occurred during World War I.
April 2018 Issue
On the cover: The original architect’s sketch by Henry Trost (1917) showing the proposed Bhutanese-style design for the campus of what is now the University of Texas at El Paso. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, P. J. Vierra explains how the construction of Texas’s westernmost university spurred the formal creation of the University of Texas System in “’Maybe It Will Turn Out Better Than We Had Expected’: The School of Mines and the Legal Foundation of the University of Texas System.” Illustration courtesy of the Heritage Commission, Heritage House collection, Office of Alumni Relations, University of Texas at El Paso.
January 2018 Issue
Cover: John Nance Garner, the longtime Texas congressman and vice president of the United States for the first two terms of Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–41), is shown here with a gavel. Harris and Ewing Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. In this issue of Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Thomas T. Spencer details Garner’s slow-building disenchantment with Roosevelt in “For the Good of the Party: John Nance Garner, FDR, and New Deal Politics, 1933–1940.”
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