Saturday, November 17, 2007

On The Frontier

The frontier remains a place of archetypal significance for the American imagination. Although the combination of historical ignorance and the deliberate campaign to delegitimize the American enterprise have done serious damage to our cultural memory of what it took to build this country. Here are a few frontier memoirs that are worth reading:

The classic frontier hero of course was Daniel Boone. It wasn't until last year while browsing around the internet that I discovered that Boone had written an account of his experiences:
The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boon: Formerly a Hunter: Containing a Narrative of the Wars of Kentucky originally published in 1784. This should be mandatory reading in elementary school.

Davy Crockett also wrote a memoir: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett. (Haven't found an online version.) Crockett was apparently no fan of Andrew Jackson and the book is peppered with snarky comments about Jackson.

Project Gutenberg is one of the great online resources. They have online versions of two books by William Drannan recounting his experiences in the West:

Thirty-one Years on the Plains and Mountains Or, The Last Voice From the Plains. An Authentic Record of a Life time of Hunting, Trapping, Scouting and Indian Fighting in the Far West

Chief of Scouts: As Pilot to Emigrant and Government Trains, Across the Plains of the
Wild West of Fifty Years Ago

2 comments:

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

May I recommend COMMERCE of the PRAIRIES by JOSIAH A. GREGG?

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

Hey, phil, what do you know about USIA?

Requesting Strategic Citizen input.