Davy Crockett: Frontier Legend

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 123 pages
Davy Crockett grew to be a legend on America's colonial frontier when violence and danger were everywhere. He was a scout and a soldier, an explorer and a homesteader, and even a politician, serving in the United States House of Representatives. But it wasn't until after his death during the fall of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, that he became a legend of mythic proportions. Today he symbolizes the spirit of those pioneers who settled the untamed lands of a young country and is recognized as a man who fought for the common people, defining for their time what it meant to be an American. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

The Legend of Davy Crockett
1808
Child of the Frontier
1809
A Difficult Journey Home 12
1819
Courtin and Marriage 20
1827
A Scout and Indian Fighter 30
A Backwoods Politician 51
Hunter and Bear Killer 57
Mr Crockett Goes to Washington 64
Political Disappointments 78
The Death of a ManThe Birth of a Legend 110
BIBLIOGRAPHY 119
SOURCE NOTES 120
IMAGE CREDITS 122
INDEX 123
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George Edward Stanley was born in Memphis, Texas on July 15, 1942. He received a bachelor's degree in 1965 and a master's degree in 1967 from Texas Tech University. He earned his Doctor Litterarum in African Linguistics in 1974 from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. He lived all over Europe and Africa, studying and teaching foreign languages, working for the U.S. government, and writing books for young people and adults. He started writing fiction while a Fulbright professor in Chad, Central Africa, where about the only diversion he found available was listening to the BBC on his short wave radio. That led to his writing radio plays for a program called World Service Short Story. Three of his plays were eventually produced. After writing and publishing over 200 short stories in American, British, Irish, and South African magazines and linguistics articles in major international journals, he started writing books. He wrote over 100 fiction and non-fiction books for young people including The Katie Lynn Cookie Company series and the Adam Sharp series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms of M. T. Coffin, Franklin W. Dixon, Laura Lee Hope, Carolyn Keene, Adam Mills, and Stuart Symons. He was a professor of African and Middle-Eastern languages and linguistics in the department of foreign languages at Cameron University. He died from a ruptured aneurysm on February 7, 2011 at the age of 68.

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