Captain Jack Crawford
Buckskin Poet, Scout, and Showman
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
392 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 41 halftones, 1 map
- 9780826351746 | March 2012
- 9780826351906 | March 2012 (Adobe Digital Editions)
Jack Crawford (1847-1917) entertained a generation of Americans and introduced them to their frontier heritage. A master storyteller who presented the West as he experienced it, he was one of America's most popular performers in the late nineteenth century.
Dressed in buckskin with a wide-brimmed sombrero covering his flowing locks, Crawford delivered a "frontier monologue and medley" that, as one New York City journalist reported, "held his audience spell-bound for two hours by a simple narration of his life."
In this biography, Darlis Miller re-creates his experiences as a scout, rancher, miner, reformer, husband and father, and poet and entertainer to reinterpret the American Dream and the lure of getting rich pursued by many during the Gilded Age.