Post by Jim Boylston on Jun 15, 2011 13:49:49 GMT -5
I've read it. It's well-written but repeats a lot of erroneous and out-dated information. It's obviously intended as an introductory text, but if one is looking for an introduction to Crockett, I'd recommend Mark Derr's "The Frontiersman," and Crockett's own "Narrative."
"The only thing new in this world is the history that you don't know." -- HST
Post by Allen Wiener on Jun 15, 2011 16:19:05 GMT -5
Derr would be my top choice, too, although you can read Davis's "Three Roads" by just reading the Crockett chapters and skipping the others. Most Crockett bios tend to repeat Shackford and lack much original research; these two are exceptions.
Crockett's "Narrative" is essential reading for anyone interested in the man. If you can find a copy of the annotated version, by Shackford and Folmsbee, it is the preferred edition.
“I knew, even as a boy, that to love this world one must keep one’s distance” -- Bishop Daisy - "King of Hearts"
The Frontier Classics Library just recently printed a facsmile of the 1902 Brainerd edition of Crockett's autobiography.
While the annotated version is preferred, there is much to be said about having this version, too. It includes the spurious Crockett adventure in Texas and introduces us to Thimblerig, the Beekeeper, etc. The characters most of us were introduced to by Disney and John Wayne.
Some folks learn by reading, some folks learn by seeing, and some folks just got to pee on the electric fence.