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David Crockett: His Life and Adventures

John S. C. Abbott

Book Overview: 

David "Davy" Crockett was a celebrated 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “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. This narrative attempts faithfully to record the influences under which David Crockett was reared and the incidents of his wild and wondrous life. It begins with his ancestors' immigration to the American wilderness, his adventures among the Indians, his political career in Tennessee and beyond, and ending with his heroic stand at the Alamo.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .naturally amiable, and in the depressing circumstances had no heart to return railing for railing. He meekly reminded the infuriate woman that she had called him "son-in-law" before he had attempted to call her "mother-in-law," and that he certainly had been guilty of no conduct which should expose him to such treatment. He soon saw, to his great satisfaction, that the daughter remained faithful to him, and that the meek father was as decidedly on his side as his timid nature would permit him to be. Though David felt much insulted, he restrained his temper, and, turning from the angry mother, told her daughter that he would come the next Thursday on horseback, leading another horse for her; and that then he would take her to a justice of the peace who lived at the distance of but a few miles from them, where they would be married. David writes of the mother:

"Her Irish was too high to do anything with her; so I quit trying. All I cared for was to have her dau. . . Read More

Community Reviews

“Most men are remembered by how they died rather than how they lived.” This quote by David Crockett serves, in my opinion, as the best way to describe this national folk hero that has grown over the years bigger than life. He was born in poverty and didn't lead a particularly remarkable childhood...more

I loved Davy Crockett when I was a kid. I did a book report on him in 6th grade in which I dressed up like him and acted out a part of the book for my classmates. But the years haven't been easy on my memories of him because I don't remember anything other than he loved to hunt and he wore animal...more

Most interesting and full of facts and information I didn't know.

Young and old alike should enjoy this book as there's so much more to know and learn about this legend of the wilderness.

Ooo...I remember this book! This was one of Abbott's best biographies, written late in his career (1870s). Our library had a bunch of his books, and I read as many as I could find of them. His early books tended to indulge in legend-building the Great Hero of Great Character, but then he started...more

Good read

A good read on the life of Crockett, lived his life to the full ,and became a legend in the alamo

Simultaneously beautiful, appalling, and tragic. This book was so well-written, I didn't want to put it down. Abbott makes you pity a young Crockett, despise him as a young man, and then celebrate him in his hunting triumphs and travel adventures leading up to his death.

"David Crockett: His Life and Adventures" is one of the series of biographies,American Pioneers and Patriots, that were written by various historians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John S. C. Abbott, who was a well-known pastor and historian, wrote "David Crockett, "Daniel Boone," and...more

love this book.

I found this book very entertaining. Of course because of the funny stories that Crockett was famous for, but more because of the fascinating examples of how life has changed in the intervening 200 years.

I think I might add the actual autobiography to my reading list, and I recall hearing about...more

I grew up a fan of Walt Disney's Davy Crocket movies and I read Davy Crockett: His Own Story in college to compare the history with the legend. I would have stopped at the autobio if it weren't for Kindle offering all of these older and harder to find titles. It's a straightforward telling of Dav...more

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