Born on A Mountaintop

Born on A Mountaintop

On the Road With Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

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As with all great legends, Davy Crockett's has been retold many times. One could argue that there are three distinct Crocketts: the real David as he was before he became famous; the celebrity politician whose backwoods image Crockett himself created, then lost control of; and the mythic Davy we know today. Thompson follows Crockett's footsteps from the Tennessee river valley where he was born, to Washington, where he served three terms in Congress, and on to Texas and the gates of the Alamo, seeking out those who know, love and are still willing to fight over Davy's life and legacy.
Publisher: New York : Crown Trade Group, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780307720894
0307720896
9780307720917
Branch Call Number: 976.804 CROCKET THOMPSO
Characteristics: 375 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 01, 2019

Fascinating look at the truth and legends of Davy Crockett.

David Crockett was a typical, restless, pioneer of the early 1800’s in America. He was born in Tennessee, fought in some Indian wars, never made much money, served two terms in Congress, and eventually went to Texas, hoping to find land and profit in the new Republic of Texas. Davy’s timing was poor, however, and he ended up dying at the Alamo in San Antonio in 1836 in a misguided defense against a huge force of Mexican troops. His lasting reputation for a century was both as a comic teller of tall tales and a dying hero.

In 1954 Walt Disney was obsessed with building a giant theme park – Disneyland. He needed a television movie to help promote Frontierland and chose Davy Crockett as the hero, and the whole country went nuts over him. Most of this book is an entertaining travelogue as Thompson goes around the country looking for the real history of David Crockett. It turns out to be more difficult than the author thought it would be, so he gives us as much history as he can and also shows the legend and the background of the TV show.

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