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"One of the primary social documents of America. .. [a] 'classic in homespun.' "-J. Frank Dobie, Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest "Davy Crockett was, in essence, a nineteenth-century celebrity-perhaps the first American to make a living portraying his own fanciful image. . . . He is that rarest of American icons: a legendary hero who turns out, after all, to have been more or less a decent, admirable human being."-An-drew Hutton in Texas Monthly Even as a pup, Davy Crockett "always delighted to be in the very thickest of danger." In his own inimitable style, he describes his earliest days in Tennessee, his two marriages, his career as an Indian fighter, his bear hunts, and his elec-tioneering. His reputation as a b'ar hunter (he killed 105 in one season) sent him to Congress, and he was voted in and out as the price of cotton (and his relations with the Jacksonians) rose and fell. In 1834, when this autobiography appeared, Davy Crockett was already a folk hero with an eye on the White House. But a year later he would lose his seat in Congress and turn toward Texas and, ultimately, the Alamo. Paul Andrew Hutton introduces this Bison Book edi-tion of Davy Crockett's own story. Hutton, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico, is the author of the prize-winning Phil Sheridan and His Army, also a Bison Book.
Paul Andrew Hutton introduces this Bison Book edition of Davy Crockett's own story. Hutton, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico, is the author of the prize-winning Phil Sheridan and His Army, also a Bison Book.
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