A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee

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Originally written in 1834,The Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee, encompasses the life of the American folk hero from his birth until his loss of the Congressional election and his seat as a representative in the United States Congress. Not only does Crockett describe life growing up on the Tennessee frontier, he also details his many disagreements with President Andrew Jackson's policies, which ultimately led to his loss during the Congressional election. Crockett also writes ...
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Overview

Originally written in 1834,The Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee, encompasses the life of the American folk hero from his birth until his loss of the Congressional election and his seat as a representative in the United States Congress. Not only does Crockett describe life growing up on the Tennessee frontier, he also details his many disagreements with President Andrew Jackson's policies, which ultimately led to his loss during the Congressional election. Crockett also writes about his time as a volunteer soldier and various vacations and hunting trips, including the time he killed 105 bears in one year. He does all this without much humility, claiming, "...I must give an account of the part I took in defense of the country. If it should make me president, why, I can't help it; such things sometimes happen; and my pluck is, never 'to seek, nor decline office.'" This autobiography is ideal for history students and folklorists, especially those interested in larger-than-life folk heroes.

DAVID CROCKETT (1786-1836) was an American frontiersman, soldier, and politician, immortalized as a hero in children's folk tales and songs. His life and exploits have been highly exaggerated in plays, almanacs, and later television and movies, since his death, and he continues to be popularly known as "The King of the Wild Frontier." Crockett grew up in Tennessee, served that state in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later moved to Texas, where he took part in the Texas Revolution in 1836 and was killed in the Battle of the Alamo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616407223
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,156,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition v
Introduction to the New Edition ix
Preface 3
Chapter I13
Chapter II29
Chapter III45
Chapter IV57
Chapter V71
Chapter VI83
Chapter VII101
Chapter VIII115
Chapter IX125
Chapter X137
Chapter XI147
Chapter XII161
Chapter XIII166
Chapter XIV174
Chapter XV185
Chapter XVI195
Chapter XVII201
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