Summary (Masterplots, Definitive Revised Edition)
Crockett claimed that he wrote his own story because a spurious autobiography had been circulated concerning his exploits. He had never had much schooling, and the writing was likely to be ungrammatical. But Crockett had become a figure by reason of his frontier life and his election to Congress. Those people who admired a real man who was no follower of Andrew Jackson were asked to take the narrative kindly.
John Crockett was born either in Ireland or on a ship bound for America. The earlier part of his life was spent in Pennsylvania. Rebecca Hawkins was born in Maryland. After John served in the Revolutionary War, he and Rebecca settled in Tennessee, a dangerous and troubled region. John’s parents were killed by the Creek Indians, one of his brothers was captured, and another was wounded.
David, son of John and Rebecca, was born on August 17, 1786. His earliest recollection was of a near tragedy. He was playing on the bank of a river with his four older brothers and an older friend of fifteen. The five bigger boys got into the Crockett canoe for a lark. All would have been well if any of the Crockett boys had been paddling, but the fifteen-year-old asserted his authority and took the paddle. David watched from the shore as the boy let the canoe drift closer to a rapids. Fortunately, a neighbor working nearby saw the danger and waded out just in time to keep the canoe out of the treacherous rapids.
The Crockett family, dirt poor...
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