“THE CROCKETT ALMANAC / 1839”

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Item Code: 450-212

Published by Ben Harding, Nashville, Tennessee. Stitched wraps. 36 pp., ills. Somewhat fragile. Exhibits tear across cover, w/light chipping along out margins. Somewhat yellowed. Else good.

Along with almanac entries, “containing Adventures, Exploits, Sprees and Scrapes in the West, & Life and Manners in the Backwoods.” “Ben Harding falling in with Col. Crockett. See page 22”—"Colonel Crockett and the Methodizer. See Page 34” — ”A Scentoriferous Fight With A Nigger. See page 18.”

Crockett Almanacs are an example of subversive backwoods humor that appeared in the 1830s. The tall tales of the Almanacs are narrated in rough frontier vernacular and with their bear cooking, panther skinning and wild kitten stomping, they challenge all standards of gentility. Very often, minority groups like Mexicans, Indians and particularly African-Americans are not just satiric targets but also favorite victims of gouging. A good example of Crockett’s blatant racism is a story named “A Scentoriferous Fight with a Nigger” where he simultaneously fights a “pesky great bull nigger” and a black bear while sitting in his skiff afloat on the Mississippi.

In protective sleeve. [jp] [ph:L]

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