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We've all heard of Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, but serious historians have long known that the man behind the myth was more substantive. David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man s Friend is the first book to provide a full and accurate portrait of this American legend. With here-to-fore unpublished documents, and all the political wri We've all heard of Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, but serious historians have long known that the man behind the myth was more substantive. David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man s Friend is the first book to provide a full and accurate portrait of this American legend. With here-to-fore unpublished documents, and all the political writings of Crockett, as well as a complete collection of Crockett holographs and portraits, David Crockett in Congress is an insightful and provocative addition to the library of any American historian, Texas historian, Crockett buff, or political historian.


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We've all heard of Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, but serious historians have long known that the man behind the myth was more substantive. David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man s Friend is the first book to provide a full and accurate portrait of this American legend. With here-to-fore unpublished documents, and all the political wri We've all heard of Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, but serious historians have long known that the man behind the myth was more substantive. David Crockett in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man s Friend is the first book to provide a full and accurate portrait of this American legend. With here-to-fore unpublished documents, and all the political writings of Crockett, as well as a complete collection of Crockett holographs and portraits, David Crockett in Congress is an insightful and provocative addition to the library of any American historian, Texas historian, Crockett buff, or political historian.

11 review for David Crockett in Congress

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard West

    "He went off to Congress to serve a spell, fixin' up the government and laws as well...." (line from "Ballad Of Davy Crockett"). No he didn't. As a Congressman, Crockett was hopelessly inept. Yet despite that, there was a movement afoot to run him as a Presidential candidate in 1836. What we have here is a rather weighty tome - coffee-table sized - and weighing more than most books! Inside what you get is: a brief, but interesting, Crockett biography, followed by letters from Crockett and to Croc "He went off to Congress to serve a spell, fixin' up the government and laws as well...." (line from "Ballad Of Davy Crockett"). No he didn't. As a Congressman, Crockett was hopelessly inept. Yet despite that, there was a movement afoot to run him as a Presidential candidate in 1836. What we have here is a rather weighty tome - coffee-table sized - and weighing more than most books! Inside what you get is: a brief, but interesting, Crockett biography, followed by letters from Crockett and to Crockett, Crockett speeches and Crockett political circulars. And, in the middle are a goodly number of interesting illustrations, most of them portraits of Crockett that most people haven't seen. Most of Crockett's time in Congress was spent fighting over a Tennessee land bill and its discussion takes up many pages - and it doesn't exactly make for exciting reading. However, Crockett thought of himself as a friend of the poor man and wanted to insure that his constituents -most of whom were poor - got the land they had settled on. And his other pet project - if you wish to call it that - was centered around the resettlement of the Cherokee Indians in one of the more disgraceful acts our government ever saw fit to engage in. At least that is a bit more interesting reading! And coming into opposition against President Andrew Jackson, Crockett was a marked man who, after a couple of terms in Congress, was sent packing, only to rebound in the next election, then he lost again and went to Texas after telling everyone they could go to Hell. Overall, this is a fascinating look at Crockett's political career, but it does take a while to read! For some reason, Goodreads thinks I've read it twice - I've only read it once!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Carman

    It is a rare glimpse of David Crockett as a man and politician rather than the King of the Wild Frontier. Still Crockett's obsession with land and squatting makes for some dense reading. Not for the faint of heart! It is a rare glimpse of David Crockett as a man and politician rather than the King of the Wild Frontier. Still Crockett's obsession with land and squatting makes for some dense reading. Not for the faint of heart!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alamo54us

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Brown

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Winn

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    Matt

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Fields

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jude Brigley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wil Wade

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard West

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