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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 fo

What an entertaining read this was.

We've all heard the name of Davy Crockett, I think, but most of us know him from a Disney-fied story or some such. At least I do... by which I mean, the Davy Crockett Range at Disneyland Paris (I'm European -- American history is hardly touched upon in our history

Beautiful historical read

The book was beautifully written and historically accurate and gave me a real sense of the life and time of a truly great man.

King of the Wild Frontier, indeed!

Very good telling of Davy (David) Crockett. A compelling true-life adventure story, as well as an excellent account of America's history during those pioneering years.

Very good read

Enjoyed this book. Well written, very interesting and worth reading as a history lesson. Learned a lot from reading this story, and it is all true.

I found this book to be very interesting and telling about David Crocketts life. Thanks

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 wri

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.

love this book.

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