David Crockett in Congress
The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man's Friend

Hardcover: 340 pages
Publisher: Bright Sky Press (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933979518
ISBN-13: 978-1933979519

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James R. Boylston

JAMES R. BOYLSTON has contributed important articles to The Alamo Journal and The Crockett Chronicle. He is the creator and moderator of the Alamo Studies online forum (www.alamostudies.com), a web based discussion group devoted to the serious study of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. A songwriter and audio engineer, he has had a life-long interest in the Alamo and David Crockett. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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Allen J. Weiner

ALLEN J. WIENER is the author of The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide and co-author of Music of the Alamo. He has written for The Washington Post, People, American History, The Alamo Journal, The Crockett Chronicle, Western Clippings, Goldmine and Discoveries. He lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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We’ve all heard of Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, but serious historians have long known that the man behind the myth was more substantive and more complex. Current Crockett scholarship has been largely based on James Atkins Shackford’s 1956 biography, David Crockett, the Man and the Legend, and Shackford’s interpretation of the historical Crockett as an admirable but inept and somewhat naive politician has become as pervasive in the historical sector as the mythological “Davy” has to the general public.

Now, two life-long Crockett aficionados present missing correspondence and previously unexamined primary documentation that sets the record straight. Countering the characterization of Crockett as little more than a coonskincapped, buckskin-clad frontier hero, this remarkable biography chronicles his life in politics, revealing him instead as an inveterate entrepreneur, advocate for the poor, and career politician with a talent for hardball campaigning.

Following Crockett’s political rise from justice of the peace and magistrate to two-term representative in the Tennessee State Legislature and three-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, David Crockett in Congress fully documents the elections of 1829, 1831, 1833, and 1835, details the progress of both the Tennessee Land Bill (1829-1830) and the Indian Removal Bill (1830), and traces the evolution of the mythological “Davy.” A truly exceptional volume, this exploration offers an alternative context for one of American history’s most important, yet misunderstood, figures.

With heretofore unpublished documents, portraits, and all the political writings of Crockett as well as a complete and fully annotated collection of Crockett correspondence, David Crockett in Congress is an insightful and provocative addition to the library of any reader with a passion for American history.

Authors James Boylston and Allen Wiener are happy to discuss book signings and speaking engagements. Please email one of the authors for information and event scheduling.


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"James R. Boylston and Allen Wiener have done a masterful job of recovering the real David Crockett, a figure of enormous historical significance in the tumultuous and critical Jacksonian age."
- Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of American Lion

"A true gem, essential for anyone interested in Crockett himself, the Jacksonian milieu, the roots of modern democratic practice."
— Daniel Feller, author,
The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840

"A thorough and magnificently researched study of the political career of David Crockett . . . a clear, introspective analysis."
— Gregg Dimmick, MD, author,
Sea of Mud

"A highly readable work that sifts the nuggets of truth from the mud of speculation . . . Intensely researched and footnoted."
— Gary Zaboly, author,
A True Ranger: The Life and Many Wars of Major Robert Rogers; illustrator, Texian Illiad and Blood of Noble Men

"A splendid book which reveals the true David Crockett."
— Stuart Reid, author,
The Secret War for Texas

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