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Davy Crockett: His Own Story

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1834. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... else to disturb our corn, except the wild varments, and the old serpent himself, with a fence to help him, couldn't keep them out. I made corn enough to do me, an ...more
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Jim
Well, this certainly was in his own words & I didn't care for the reader. His tone didn't fit Crockett's character at all. Kind of whiny & went up at the end of sentences - asking, not telling. Not horrible, just didn't fit.

This was written as a true autobiography to put to rest the many lies he said others told about him. He makes that clear at the outset & seems to have finished it the day before the Alamo fell, although very little about the last is mentioned. It was a very uneven
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Jana
*I listened to this on audio*

This is a part of my self-prescribed introduction into Southern figures and history, while I live in Tennessee. Davy Crockett lived in parts of East Tennessee, not far from my home now. Prior to this book, I knew fairly little about Crockett beyond the ditty about killing bears “when he was only three…”, which, unsurprisingly, turned out to be a slight exaggeration.

Some of the highlights/interesting tidbits for me included:
• Started hunting with a rifle at the age
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David
This is an interesting short account of Davy Crockett’s life, told by himself, complete with frontier vernacular, and a no-apologies disclaimer of his gramatical limitation. He got elected to Congress not by any display of policy acumen or knowledge of government—he was barely literate—but by being a folksy and likable woodsman and salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, beating out more sophisticated, competent, and experienced rivals. He evidently had presidential ambitions, often conjecturing in a rye ...more
Nicholas Whyte
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It's a book which is quite obviously a first step in a presidential election campaign that never happened, full of references to the incumbent Andrew Jackson, most of which are rather obscure to anyone not familiar with the micro-politics of the year 1834. There is a lot of interesting detail about life on the frontier, including gruesome details of combat with various tribes and indeed with other white men; there's a surprisingly lengthy section about the
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Betsy
Very fascinating reading, especially if you like history that was written at the very time it was happening. Some of the book does read like a tall tale. Did Davy really kill 105 bears in less than a year? Not sure, but it sure makes for an interesting tale! If you like 'true' adventure and wilderness stories, autobiographies or history of the 1800's, you will enjoy this book very much.
Christy
Boring. Boys thought it was boring also.

I loved the 19th century cadence, it was like sitting around a campfire listening to love, war and hunting stories.

This book only covered his birth to pre-congress days. Looking at his picture on Wikipedia, he seems like a type 1 in Carol Tuttle's Energy Profiling system. His childhood confirmed that.

The Indian war section was, well war. Not much too admirable. War is horrible.

That was the first half.

The last half was pretty much only hunting stories
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Alicia Willis
An amusing account of David Crockett's earlier life, as told by himself and in his own humorous and backwoods way. I enjoyed the perspectives "The Lion of the West" had for himself.
Roger Miller
It was a hard but enjoyable read, because it was written by Davy Corcket. I always struggled to understand the importance of grammar now I'd know. It was enlightening to see how ignorant this U.S. congressman was, it tells me that Character is more important than pedigree. Lastly, I am ashamed at the senseless greed of 19th century hundreds. Davy spent over a whole chapter bragging about killing over 100 bear in one season. Far beyond what was needed for subsistence. I am thankful for today's co ...more
Kharpo7
Parts of this are funny. Parts seem to drag. Considering dumping it. But I will plug on for now. The preface says it's questionable as to whether this is truely a primary source. I don't really care. I just wanted to know more about Davy.
Emily
His account of childhood is fascinating. The book becomes more violent and less interesting as it drags on. Be sure to read ahead and know what you're getting into if you read this to a child.
Cameron
The stories are interesting, but I like it more for the style it's written in; as if familiar with the reader and full of facinating colloquialisms.
Ellie
The most amusing parts of this rather dull book were Crockett's blatantly obvious hints to the readers to elect him as president.
Abigail
Wow!! It was so cool to read about Davy Crockett and in his own words.
Jason
A fun tall tale by one of America's iconic figures.
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Colonel David Stern Crockett was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; referred to in popular culture as Davy Crockett and often by the popular title "King of the Wild Frontier." He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo. His nickname was the stuff
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