DAVID CROCKETT, THE MAN AND THE LEGEND by James Atkins Shackford

DAVID CROCKETT, THE MAN AND THE LEGEND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Probably the definitive serious work on Davy Crockett, this views primary and challenges secondary sources and organizes the material to give a full, interesting account of the personality in relation to the times. Much of the material will be familiar to those currently aware of the more startling (and marketable) accounts. The narrative reaffirms the main events in his life, from running away as a boy, through a career as woodsman, farmer, soldier and politician, on to his death at the Alamo. But there is this difference; every incident is meticulously documented from court records and contemporary writings, including Crockett's own. The material emerges astute, fresh. We see a real person, poor, hardworking, and bumptious in a way that characterized the popular American pose of ignorance. The events of his political life, entered on casually and abandoned dramatically, are expanded in detail, especially the fight with Jackson over the land bill and the cause ce he became for the Whigs. His legendary exploits, though scanted in the text, are reserved for an appendix where the historical factors (which range from the spate of earthquakes actually experienced by Tennessee to the broad concept of pioneering) are more than adequately enumerated. The popular awareness of the character may lead to an extensive lay market.

ISBN: 0803292309
Publisher: Univ. of North Carolina