American West and Biography

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Captain Jack Crawford: Buckskin Poet, Scout, and Showman


Darlis A. Miller

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.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Darlis A. Miller is professor emerita of history at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.


6 x 9 in. 392 pages 41 halftones, 1 maps