April 2018

Vol No.: 
CXXI

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.

Table of Contents: 

Articles
“Maybe It Will Turn Out Better Than We Had Expected”: The School of Mines and the Legal Foundation of the University of Texas System
By P. J. Vierra

“Don’t Sell Texas Short!”: Amon Carter’s Cultivation and Marketing of West Texas Nature
By Joseph Schiller

Revisiting the Purpose of the 1855 Callahan Expedition: A Research Note
By Curtis Chubb

Book Reviews
John E. Dean, How Myth Became History: Texas Exceptionalism in the Borderlands.
By Ty Cashion

John M. Rhea, A Field of their Own: Women and American Indian History, 1830–1941.
By Kathi Nehls

Andrea L. Smalley, Wild by Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization.
By Michael D. Wise

Jimmy L. Bryan, The American Elsewhere: Adventure and Manliness in the Age of Expansion.
By Brian Rouleau

Gregory F. Michno, Depredation and Deceit: The Making of the Jicarilla and Ute Wars in New Mexico.
By William S. Kiser

Janne Lahti, ed., Soldiers in the Southwest Borderlands, 1848–1886.
By Catharine R. Franklin

John F. Schmutz, “The Bloody Fifth”: The 5th Texas Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, Vol. 2.
By Charles Marks

Thomas W. Cutrer, Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861–1865.
By Richard B. McCaslin

Alan D. Gaff and Donald H. Gaff, Ordered West: The Civil War Exploits of Charles A. Curtis.
By Loyd M. Uglow

Jerry Thompson, Tejano Tiger: José de los Santos Benavides and the Texas–Mexico Borderlands, 1823–1891.
By Raúl A. Ramos

Karl Jacoby, The Strange Career of William Ellis, the Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire.
By Stephanie Cole

Nicholas Villanueva Jr, The Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands.
By Brandon Morgan
Tore C. Olsson, Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the U.S. and Mexican Countryside.
By Timothy Bowman

Tyina L. Steptoe, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City.
By Bernadette Pruitt

Andrew M. Busch, City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas.
By William S. Swearingen

Richard B. McCaslin, Sutherland Springs, Texas: Saratoga on the Cibolo.
By T. Lindsay Baker

Kathleen Shafer, Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town.
By Lonn Taylor

Flannery Burke, A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century.
By Jeffrey Shepherd

Thomas G. Smith, Stewart L. Udall: Steward of the Land.
By Kevin Jon Fernlund

Jim Tiller and John P. Evans, Evolution of the Texas–Louisiana Boundary: In Search of the Elusive Corner.
By GAry Pinkerton

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