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Dear old Kit : the historical Christopher Carson

Author: Harvey L Carter; Kit Carson
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The figure of Kit Carson strides through the literature of the American West in heroic size. Trader, trapper, scout, brigadier general of New Mexico Volunteers, and many other things besides, he has appealed to the public imagination as no other frontiersman has. Many biographies and two versions of his "autobiography" have been published. Yet much of the legend still remains to be separated from the facts, declares  Read more...
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Named Person: Kit Carson; Kit Carson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey L Carter; Kit Carson
ISBN: 0806122536 9780806122533 0806122536
OCLC Number: 223268
Notes: "The Kit Carson memoirs, 1809-1856" (p. 38-149) were first published in 1926 under title Kit Carson's own story of his life.
Description: xix, 250 pages : illustrations, facsimile, maps, plan, portraits ; 26 cm
Contents: I. The Carson of history and legend --
II. The Kit Carson memoirs, 1809-1856 --
III. The closing years, 1857-1868 --
IV. Carson the man : a new appraisal --
Appendix A : A chronology of Kit Carson's life --
Appendix B : An early account of Kit Carson of the West --
Appendix C : Commentary on the illustrations.
Responsibility: with a new edition of the Carson memoirs, by Harvey Lewis Carter.
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The figure of Kit Carson strides through the literature of the American West in heroic size. Trader, trapper, scout, brigadier general of New Mexico Volunteers, and many other things besides, he has appealed to the public imagination as no other frontiersman has. Many biographies and two versions of his "autobiography" have been published. Yet much of the legend still remains to be separated from the facts, declares the author of this new biography. "I am an admirer of Carson," says Mr. Carter, "and I have no wish deliberately to debunk him, but I am interested in correcting the statements of uncritical hero worship made by many writers." Kit is allowed to speak for himself, as far as possible, through an exact transcription of his dictated reminiscences made from the manuscript in the Newberry Library, Chicago. Persons and places are clearly identified, and Kit's slips of memory are corrected in definitive annotation of his account. One hundred years of speculation about the identity of the man who transcribed Carson's story is ended. Mr. Carter has established positive identification, based on carefully assembled facts. A new assessment of Kit's character and reputation is included, as well as an annotated account of the last years of his life. This fresh look at America's greatest western hero will interest professional historians as well as all readers who head straight for the "western" shelf in bookstores -- Book jacket.

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