By Harvey Lewis, Carter
The determine of equipment Carson strides throughout the literature of the yank West in heroic measurement. dealer, trapper, scout, brigadier common of recent Mexico Volunteers, and plenty of different issues along with, he has appealed to the general public mind's eye as no different frontiersman has. Many biographies and who types of his “autobiography” were released. but a lot of the legend nonetheless continues to be separated from the evidence, proclaims the writer of this new biography.“I am an admirer of Carson,” says Mr. Carter, “and haven't any want intentionally to debunk him, yet i'm drawn to correcting the statements of uncritical hero worship many by way of many writers.”Kit is authorized to talk for himself, so far as attainable, via an actual transcription of his dictated recollections made of the manuscript within the Newberry Library, Chicago. people and locations are basically pointed out, and Kit’s slips of reminiscence are corrected within the definitive annotation of his account. 100 years of hypothesis in regards to the identification of the guy who transcribed Carson’s tale is ended. Mr. Carter has verified optimistic identity, in accordance with rigorously assembled evidence. a brand new overview of Kit’s personality and acceptance is incorporated, in addition to an annotated account of the final years of his existence.
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He recognized that it had been overdone, but he still tried his level best to live up to the reputation he had been given. How he would react to being cast as a villain, I do not know. I suspect that his feelings would be hurt but that he would be reluctant to admit it. My only wish is to assure readers that my original evaluation of Carson and the Navajo War stands in no need of Page xvi change. The record is clear that Carson was more sympathetic to the Indians in later life than he was earlier and that he was never an Indian hater as were so many people in his time.
Wagner, The Plains and the Rockies: A Bibliography of Original Narratives of Travel and Adventure, 18001865, revised by Charles L. Camp (Columbus, 1953), No. 162. 7 The sequel was entitled Lenni-Leoti or Adventures in the Far West. In it, Carson again miraculously appears to save the heroes and heroines of the book from Indians. Other more villainous trappers are introduced under the improbable designations of Black George, Rash Will, Fiery Ned, and Daring Tom! Prairie Flower turns out to be white after all; she is none other than Evaline Mortimer, the long-lost daughter of the Marquis of Lombardy !
Mrs. Janet Shaw Lecompte, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been most generous in talking over some of my Carson problems with me, providing information from her detailed knowledge of the early history of the Southwest that frequently led to a solution. For this I am most deeply appreciative. My colleague, Professor James Trissel, Colorado College, has supplied, upon very short notice, ten line drawings illustrative of familiar, everyday things in the life of Carson, and for his fine work I am deeply pleased as well as obligated.