It Opens to the reader scenes in the lives of the lowly, and a state of semi-civilization, of which but few of them can have the faintest idea. It has not been my object, in this narrative, to defend Colonel Crockett or to condemn him, but to present his.
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Nice read about life in early 18 century in general and in southern states, indian creek and horse riding chamochie tribes and of laws passed by congress such as the indian removal act, and of any american building a cabin and growing corn gets awarded 44 acres of land around the cabin etc. Other than that it appears to be pretty wild and filthy lifestyle in general, compared to new england at the time, and crockett seemed to me quite careless i.e after exiting congress, abandoning his family, and fighting wars that were probably not his to fight, abandoning friends on his way to texas and unwanted war that eventually took his life.
For the serious history buff this book sheds light on a great man in American history. I recommend that you read it.
Wit and charm
Great short read on the honorable, Colonel David Crockett. I enjoyed reading the direct quotes of his whit and anecdotes. While politicking, he was at his best.
“I am that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half horse, half alligator, a little touched with the snapping-turtle. I can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey-locust. I can whip my weight in wildcats, and, if any gentleman pleases, for a ten-dollar bill he can throw in a panther. I can hug a bear too close for comfort, and eat any man opposed to General Jackson.”