By Buddy Levy
The genuine KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER
David Crockett was once an adventurer, a pioneer, and a media-savvy nationwide megastar. In his short-but-distinguished lifetime, this charismatic frontiersman received 3 phrases as a U.S. congressman and a presidential nomination. His 1834 memoir loved frenzied revenues and triggered the first-ever "official" publication journey for its drastically renowned writer. Down-to-earth, heroic, and self reliant to a fault, the true Crockett grew to become misplaced in his personal hype-and he's been overshadowed via a larger-than-life pop-culture personality in a coonskin cap.
Now, American Legend debunks the tall stories to bare the attention-grabbing fact of Crockett's hardscrabble early life, his near-death stories, his not going upward push to Congress-and the debatable final stand on the Alamo that mythologized him past attractiveness. during this superbly written narrative, Crockett emerges as by no means before-a rugged person, a real American unique, and a permanent image of the Western frontier.
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Another event in the spring of 1968 shook the town: on April 4, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, 160 miles down Highway 61. Cape remained quiet, but Cairo, Illinois, just a half hour across the Mississippi, was a powder keg. Even before the assassination it had been the scene of a long, violent racial confrontation that eventually led the governor to send in units of the Illinois National Guard. The city fathers stationed observers on the bridge to spot and report on cars with Illinois license plates and black occupants.
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She was also an honor roll student, a cheerleader, and, inevitably, the prom queen, a superstar. Her father was a prominent physician and her family moved in the same social circle as the Limbaughs. In fact, they were distantly related. Maybe that’s why she didn’t want to kiss Rusty. She doesn’t remember. But she does recall liking him, and she merits at least an asterisk in his career as the first to write an article about him—in their high school newspaper. Rush wasn’t her type. Seebaugh also merits an asterisk in Limbaugh’s professional biography.
American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett by Buddy Levy