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Investigating an American Myth: Michael Wallis on the Legend of Davy Crockett

By Rich Fisher

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Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's StudioTulsa, writer Michael Wallis discusses his latest book, "David Crockett: The Lion of the West" (Norton), which attempts to discern the truth about this out-sized personality. Wallis says that while most historians concentrate their efforts on the nature of the frontiersman's controversial death at the Alamo, Crockett also lived an amazing (and somewhat unknown, or else less well-remembered) life: as a scout, hunter, and crack marksman; a champion in Congress for both the poor and the Indians; and as a humorist and storyteller who captivated a nation.