David Crockett: Hero of the Common Man

David Crockett: Hero of the Common Man

by William Groneman

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Perhaps no other figure in American history is more shrouded in myth and legend than David ("Davy") Crockett, the Tennessee frontiersman whose death at the Alamo in 1836 insured his place in the Valhalla of American heroes.

A gregarious, fun-loving man, Crockett was capable of spinning the tallest of tales, but the truth of his life was far more fascinating than the myth. His hunting and exploration adventures, his service as a soldier under Andrew Jackson in the Creek Indian War of 1813, his rise in politics to the United States Congress, his incessant search for "elbow room" that took him to Texas – these were the real fabric of a heroic life.

In writing of the historical Crockett, Groneman dispels the myths to discover the genuine hero beneath them. He writes at length of the defense of the Alamo, describes how Crockett's reputation and heroism have been tainted by revisionist historians, and presents new evidence that the Tennessean's heroics during the siege have, if anything, been understated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765310682
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Series: American Heroes Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

William Groneman III, at the time of his recent retirement, was a captain of the New York City Fire Department and company commander of Engine Company 308 which worked at Ground Zero just hours after the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

A longtime student of the battle of the Alamo he has written books and articles exploring some of the myths and misconceptions of it.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Dale L. Walker     11
Introduction     19
The Fifth Son     23
The Volunteer     41
The Gentleman from the Cane     61
Rebirth and Baptism     84
Congressman Crockett     89
The Lion of the West     100
Good Nonsense     113
Hell and Texas     126
With His Friends     139
The Alamo     146
Like a Hero     155
"No More to Be Seen in the Walks of Men"     164
The Sundering     176
The Symbol     184
Acknowledgments and Sources     191
Index     201

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