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Davy Crockett: His Own Story

Davy Crockett His Own Story A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee Written in this autobiography is like a tall tale of the life of a frontiersman and established Davy Crockett as a larger tha

  • Title: Davy Crockett: His Own Story
  • Author: David Crockett
  • ISBN: 9781557092182
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee Written in 1834, this autobiography is like a tall tale of the life of a frontiersman, and established Davy Crockett as a larger than life American hero.

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    1. David Crockett

      aka Davy CrockettColonel 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 of legend, but in life he shunned the title Davy and referred to himself exclusively as David.

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    1. I'm still trying to figure out how Davy Crocket, who was killed at the Alamo, was able to include details of the Battle of the Alamo in his own retrospective autobiography. I call bullshit!Irregardless, the frontiersman of American legend and lore lays out his life in a very homespun, fireside style recollectin'. Highly enjoyable stuff here! Old-timey yarn after old-timey yarn is woven into as colorful a tapestry as you could hope for from a mostly illiterate backcountry man of his own making.Hi [...]


    2. The King of the Wild Frontier was no great writer, but he certainly lived through some interesting times. The prose style is conversational, with often fascinating outbreaks of nineteenth-century backwoods slang (Davy gets "plaguy thirsty" and knocks back "a leetle of the creater"), although the constant military campaigning of the first half can get a little repetetive.The matter-of-fact way in which he writes about slaughtering Native Americans can be quite shocking, the more so for being desc [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. *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 [...]


    5. It's hard to rate this book. I found it very interesting in several ways. First of all it gave me a very different view of Davy Crockett. It also was interesting to see how people lived in that day from their perspective. The writing itself was pretty poor and sometimes hard to follow but I kind of liked the down to earth nature of it. It seems like he was a lot prouder of killing bears than any other accomplishment in his life, and boy did he kill a lot of them (if he's telling the truth :P)


    6. Not too bad. I lost track of what exactly was going on a lot of times, but the author's way of putting things is hilarious. I could almost hear him speaking in that backwoods accent the whole time I was reading.I got bored of the bear killing, and a bit confused about his references to government, and I always thought he liked Indians a lot better than he seemed to here. But overall it wasn't the worst (or the best) literature book I've had in recent months.


    7. A simple but enjoyable read, one of the literature classics list for my high school class. The section on his participation in the war against the Creeks dragged a bit, but overall Crockett had a great sense of humor. I was surprised to learn that part of his motive in writing an autobiography was to promote himself as a presidential candidate!


    8. It's an entertaining and enlightening book, a window into the Joe-Sixpack thinking of the early 1800s.Seen through 2017 eyes, Crockett's life demonstrates:* an apparently common (I am finding) abandonment of one's family to go off for months or years at a time to do "manly stuff" like bear hunting, Indian fighting, politicking, or looking for a new place to live. * extreme cruelty and barbarism so common as to render modern day thoughts of PTSD as absurd* writing a book to advance one's politica [...]


    9. Davy Crockett embellishes a remarkable list of events that made up a unique and meaningful life. In this autobiography, written in 1834, two years before he fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo, he admits that he only had one year of formal schooling, and this is evident in his weak grammar and spelling. But these deficiencies are more than made up for by his wonderful similes, such as "like the foolish jackdaw, that with a borrowed tail attempted to play the peacock."Mr. Crockett makes se [...]


    10. nwhytevejournal/1869728It'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 intricacies of b [...]


    11. Whiggish autobiographyCrocketts autobiography is one of the most important primary sources not only for the settlement of the old Southwest but also for American politics in the early republic and Jacksonian era. The main body of the text is Jackson's exploits as a hunter soldier and local politician in western Tennessee. The last several chapters of the book I want of the more interesting descriptions of the difference between the Jacksonians who broke with Jackson--early Whigs--and the Democra [...]


    12. This was a fun book to read. Davy Crockett's styling of writing makes you feel right at home. He has a great sense of humor and he uses it well. The spelling in here is not perfect, but you realize as you read the book that that is because he had very little proper schooling. I learned a lot and was very glad I read it!


    13. Oh, my, so good! I thought i was done reading and learning about the Alamo and its many leading men, but I'm so glad I didn't miss this one! Crockett's own words are such an insight not only into his life and adventures but also in his politics and dreams. His language and diction are a delight!


    14. Entertaining story of an American icon, February 21, 2016Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. (Kindle Edition)This is not the complete autobiography of Davy Crockett. How he went from Congressman David Crockett, presidential contender, to Davy Crockett, martyred legend of the Alamo is another story. This volume ends in January 1834, with him again taking a seat in congress despite the efforts of Andrew Jackson [...]


    15. Entertaining story of an American icon, February 21, 2016Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. (Kindle Edition)This is not the complete autobiography of Davy Crockett. How he went from Congressman David Crockett, presidential contender, to Davy Crockett, martyred legend of the Alamo is another story. This volume ends in January 1834, with him again taking a seat in congress despite the efforts of Andrew Jackson [...]


    16. After trudging through all the negative reviews about this book, I've decided to throw my opinion into the mix. True to the nature of any good historian, I cherished every word of this book. Right in front of you is the early life of Davy Crockett, written in his own words. This is the closest you will ever get to going back in time and interviewing him yourself. Yes, parts of it are embellished. However, he is still more honest than John Smith or Benjamin Franklin were in their autobiographies. [...]


    17. American hero Davy Crockett's autobiography, which was published in 1834, carries the reader through (about) 1826. He died at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.


    18. 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 [...]


    19. An amazing look at the life of a back-woodsman, who was elected to Congress despite never having cracked a law text or even knowing what the judiciary was. Full of self-depracating, self-aggrandizing humor. Had he not died at the Alamo, he seems to have felt that the people would have risen up and rushed him into the White House. Some of the bear-hunting tales got a bit tedious, but overall, this was an enjoyable autobiography.After a business failure, where he was deeply in debt and his wife ad [...]


    20. Revealing story of an American iconThis is not the complete autobiography of David Crockett. This volume ends with Crockett again taking a seat in congress despite the efforts of Andrew Jackson partisans to defeat him in the election of 1833. In an act of apparent conscious, Crockett had opposed Jackson's Indian Removal Act against his own political interests, resulting in his defeat in his reelection campaign of 1831. Crockett was now firmly in the anti-Jackson camp as a serious contender for t [...]


    21. 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 , 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 with a fe [...]


    22. I did not read this book for literary value. I read this book for historical purposes to understand more about what life was like during the early eighteen hundreds in some of the western territory that was being settled, and also to dispel any myths regarding my husband's ancestor. I learned that David Crockett was a more descent human being than I could have imagined, and that, although, he was not very educated, he still accomplished some great things in his short life. The book was also a li [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. A quick little read, which gives a good insight into the world of the early 1800s, especially on the American frontier. Davy Crockett was clearly a politician angling for the Presidency - he makes no secret of that - but the book is entertaining all the same. It certainly makes you feel bad for Native Americans, however. They repeatedly get the short end of the stick in this book, and the attitude about that is nonchalant at best.


    25. 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.


    26. 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.


    27. It was an easy read and interesting historical facts, however his wartime chapters and bear hunting chapters become long and drawn out. Overall I am glad I read it; I have a different view of Davy Crockett.


    28. This book was great until it got to Davy Crockett campaigning. Then it went downhill fast. It was an engaging narrative that really showed the public character of Davy Crockett, however, the part about trapping beavers and killing bears was unbearably long (no pun intended).


    29. Good BookInteresting. It surprised me to read how much meat the frontiersman would eat. He hardly mentions his children or his wife, which I was sort of interested in learning about.


    30. Never give all your trust to an autobiography. :-) A very nice contrast to the larger than life stories. There is a bear hunting scene that got more description than his entire childhood which made me smile and realize what he felt was more interesting to tell.


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