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David Crockett: The Man and the Legend
Davy Crockett has been America's best-known folk hero for at least 160 years. This informed biography by James Atkins Shackford first appeared in 1956, at the height of the television-inspired Crockett craze. As Michael Lofaro notes in his introduction, "Shackford faced the monumental task of rescuing a nearly unknown David Crockett from the obscurity caused by the popular ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 28th 1994 by Bison Books
(first published 1956)
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Shackford wrote this 55 years ago to debunk some of the mythology about Crockett. Those of you old enough will recall that Disney released their "King of the Mountain" series about this time. I cherished my coonskin cap. Separating truth from myth about Crockett is made all the more difficult because first the Jacksonian Democrats and then the Whigs purposefully distorted the truth about him while he ran for office. Wikipedia still credits Crockett with the authorship of his Autobiography and ot ...more