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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : W. Morrow, c1993
New York : W. Morrow, c1993
|Named Person:||Davy Crockett; Davy Crockett; David Crockett|
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|ISBN:||0688096565 9780688096564 0688137989 9780688137984|
|Description:||304 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Disney Meets Davy --
2. Honor Thy Father --
3. Sergeant Crockett --
4. An Advantageous Marriage --
5. The Campaigner --
6. Murfreesboro to Memphis --
7. The Bear Hunter Goes to Congress --
8. Congressional Reprise --
9. The Famous Backwoodsman --
10. The Long Fall --
11. A Time to Die --
12. The Legendary Hero.
|Other Titles:||Frontiers man.|
Born into a relatively poor family, forced at the age of twelve to begin working as a teamster, Crockett married at nineteen and became a tenant farmer in his native Tennessee. After serving without great distinction in the state militia during the War of 1812 and following the death of his first wife, he remarried, this time to Elizabeth Patton, a widow whose means and business acumen provided him with the financial resources and family connections to enter public life.
Crockett's rough grammar and amusing anecdotes brought him victories in elections and notoriety in the press. Sent to Congress in 1827, three years later he broke ranks with the followers of Andrew Jackson over their failure to enact land reforms and their program to remove the Indians living east of the Mississippi. Freakishly beaten for reelection at the height of his national fame, he told his constituents, "You can go to Hell, and I'll go to Texas." Author Mark Derr presents the consequences of the fateful decision and offers his own resolution to the controversy that has surrounded Crockett's final moments at the Alamo.
Bringing Crockett to life within the context of his times, Derr traces Crockett's development as both public figure and mythic hero - the frequent subject of plays, novels, grossly comic almanacs, and innumerable tall tales, written and oral. Derr also shows how Crockett cannily capitalized on his own celebrity by publishing, with the aid of ghostwriters, a best-selling autobiography and two other successful books. Over the decades, Crockett's reputation as a frontiersman capable of "whipping his weight in wildcats" and "wringing the tail off Halley's Comet" has overwhelmed his real accomplishments. In this biography, he is rescued from the vicissitudes of popular and scholarly opinion and presented as a real person, a man of wit and intelligence, an indifferent congressman and soldier, who, for both the right and the wrong reasons, has become a permanent part of American culture.