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one. >> we got you surrounded. >> go to hell. ain't going anywhere. lies" starts >> news is the first draft of history. it is immediate and takes place in real time. legends take longer to develop than are sometimes based on men. this fox news series looks at the truth behind the legend. >> afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. you think mr. crook will be making it today? i don't think so. i think it will be like last time. i am going to win. >> spent too much time in the woods. not enough time amongst civilized human beings.
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>> the nail you can read all day long is about the people. still don't know how to be with the people. you are just a pawn and a flounderer. >> you tell him. give it up, mr. crockett. >> mr. carroll, you called me a liar. any man that calls me a lay ar is going to get a beating. >> he's got a gun. >> ladies and gentlemen, the famous davy crockett.
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♪ >> on the north american plains, opportunity calls men of courage to chase the sun west into a new frontier. they would shape a nation, lay
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hold of the destiny and birth a new mythology. but with the passing of time, every man has its reckoning. davy stern crockett a true frontiers men. behind every legend stands a man and behind every legend lies the truth. >> davy crockett, a wildman who wrestles bears and kills indians. but the truth is davy crockett is no simpleton. he is an ambitious man with political aspirations taken to the nation's capitol where he serves his country as a united states congressman. >> wild and untamed his frontier is beyond the reach of all that the bravest and hardiest of men. frontiers men like davy crockett, daring, adventurous
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and bold. >> i knew that bear wanted to hug me. i reckon it changed. >> why did you put down your rifle? >> quarters are too close for old betsy. besides i am feeling the night. >> it was here that i began to distinguish myself as a hunter and to lay the foundation for my future greatness. >> another time when i was to come i could recall. >> crockett is a jokester. he is remarkably funny.
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people like him. >> about six or search by the creek, running into another fire. >> tennessee at the time was still the american frontier. you have wild animals, you have fights and it was in this world where there's no kind of solid established law that davy crockett, you know, begins the process of becoming the myth. >> david crockett a third generation frontiers men after the signing of the declaration of independence. his father is a hero of the revolutionary war. >> david's father john crockett is what is called an over mountain man. they are settlers on the western side of the appalachian mountains. they oppose british rule and come east to join their fellow americans to fight in the revolutionary war with such a father it is no surprise that davy crockett becomes an american patriot.
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>> hey, boy. gather up this wood and take it on in the house. >> contrary to legend davy crockett never goes by davy. even as a child he prefers david the name give tone him in honor of his grandfather who was killed by creek indians. >> frontier life is a constant struggle. the family farm bankrupts the crocketts. to pay his debt he is forced to make a difficult decision. >> where is my boy? >> there is david. >> shake us in, boy. >> davie crockett becomes what is known as a bound boy. >> it is really a form of adventure and service to pay off
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the debt. this had a significant impact on crockett. >> we shouldn't as moderate people judge john crockett too harshly. the role the children in the 18th century was vastly different than it is now. >> the work was gruelling but he makes the best of a difficult situation. he knows education is his best shot at escaping poverty. later more work on the farm for basic tutoring. >> that's the only education crockett ever had. but at that time he says, learned how to read and write and i learned how to cipher. >> after a year working off his family's debt david finally
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granted his freedom and continues a practical education that will catapult him to great notoriety. it is a right of passage. al tool menus, a symbol of independence and freedom. one crockett grows to cherish. >> crockett would not have anything without the tennessee. >> it's not a military weapon. it is designed as a hunting web upon. >> crockett's reputation on the frontier as a skilled hunter with deadly aim earns him more
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than admiration from his fellow rifle man. he was intensely loyal. when he was out hunting he would always share the meat of his hunts with neighbors and people of need. >> in 1806 david marries a local girl named polly finley. they rent a farm and settle down. but like his father, crockett struggles to feed his growing family. >> i found that farming wasn't what it was cracked up to be. it was there necessary but i should hunt to get along. >> david is not only esteemed among the hunters of the region, he's putting money in his pocket and food on the table. >> crockett trades on his hunting skills keeping his family fed and out of debt. he now has status and respectability and a life worth fighting for. >> one time in the dead of
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winter, i almost froze. >> he's out alabama way. >> during the war of 1812 creek indians attack fort mims. it leaves 500 men, women and children dead many of them trapped and burned alive. >> if every man waited for his wife be willing for him to go to war we would all be killed in our heem -- homes. >> buy, son. >> this is what men do at the
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time. this is how armies are built. your wife, your children, your farm, your life all becomes secondary. the call to duty comes first. >> the call to war sends crockett with a life having him cling to his ideals as firmly as he grips his musket. doers. they don't worry if something's possible. they just do it. at sears optical, we're committed to bringing them eyewear that works as hard as they do. right now, save up to $200 on eyeglasses. quality eyewear for doers. sears optical
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>> by 1812, america has been a sovereign nation for more than 30 years. but the creek nation alive with the british attacks the newly united states over unclaimed land. fighting breaks out on the frontier and spreads through out alabama, tennessee's neighbor to the south. >> in 1813, the creek indian tribe was supplied by the firearms and gunpowder from the british to help them in the war of 1812 to try to defeat the americans. 300 settlers and approximately 250 militia were together in fort nims and massacred by the
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creeks. >> davy crockett is among the first to volunteer and becomes a scout with the tennessee militia to hunt down the creeks. >> these are the people po forced crockett to leave a loving wife and family. now we have davy crockett with the soldier for the first time in a slaughter. >> he is a man known for being as ambitious as he is arrogant, general andrew jackson. >> davy crockett, there were tremendous atrocities under jackson's orders against the creek people.
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>> jackson orders an attack on the village. but experiencing the first wars at hand has a devastating effect on crockett. >> crockett, he was pretty traumatized by some of the events in the creek war. he was not a killer. he wasn't a violent person. >> unlike the general he serves under, he recognizes the humanity of the impressive creek warriors. he admires his strength in battle and courage in the face of death. >> the legend of davy crockett is he is a fierce indian fighter taming the frontier with battle. he only kills when he has to. the intimacy of battle shows he has more in common with native american warriors than he does with most military men.
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>> and sdru jackson's militia engages in another battle. while hundreds of creeks escape jackson is enraged. he is determined to destroy his enemy, no matter the cost to his men. >> jackson kept on pushing them and pushing them to the point where they ran out of supplies. >> when they were asked to apply the rules of war to andrew jackson's campaign he would probably be considered a war criminal. >> requesting permission to leave to get food and other needs. >> we don't have to him to get anything, scout. >> the men gets this.
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>> andrew jackson called up the militia and said, guys, it's going to be rough. we are going to go hungry if anybody desserts. the penalty for that which is death by firing squad. >> how are you boys doing? >> crockett and a number of others decide we have got to get some supplies here. in defiance of jackson's orders they march out to requisition some supplies. >> we all had our friends ready picked and guns ready primed that if we were fired upon we would fight our way through or all die together
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>> as your commanding officer, i order you to return to camp. >> first, be sure that you are right, then go the hell ahead. >> you volunteer, go out and fight and it's your pleasure, you volunteer to go home again. >> i volunteer to do for your men what you will not. >> even as a volunteer crockett risks being court-martialed. still he takes a 400 mile round trip journey from the fort to
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winchester and back and returns with supplies and too food. >> he took credit for being one of the volunteers to ignored jackson's order for them to stay in camp. historians disagree on this. >> i doubt that he would put something in his autobiography that others could have read and known it was false. >> his unit and jackson's part ways. there is no record of crockett being charged with desertion. >> the war has changed the country and the man. crockett returns to a life that would never be the same. polly, his wife and mother of three is near death with an unknown sickness.
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his young wife polly on her death bed. within months she is gone. >> death entered my humble cottage and tore from my children an affectionist and good mother and took from me a tender and loving wife: >> crockett struggles after polly's death and sets out as a widower to foerj a new path for himself and his children. before long crockett is presented with an unusual opportunity. >> america is changing as the war of 1812 comes to men. self made men enter politics and appeal to the public more than traditional money candidates. crockett's reputation as a frontiers man and soldier make him a standout comment. >> are you going to go hunting with me one of these days?
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>> a successful career in politics is unlikely for a widower with three kids. fate lends a hand when he meets and marries elizabeth patton a widow with two small children of her own. >> may i ask you where you come from? >> right here. >> elizabeth lost her husband in the creek war. she has a substantial dowry more than enough to finance her new husband's political career. >> crockett's first campaign is against a local militia captain for office of lieutenant colonel. >> i am captain matthews. with my experience in the great state of tennessee can only benefit from my knowledge of the intricacies of politics. >> intricacies of politics, if your people create int crass tees in politics. these people need to be better
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served by somebody of their own kind. it is hot as blazes out here. i hope i get your vote. >> david falls in love with politics and introduces a new style of campaigning. >> you got my vote. >> one that includes whiskey drinking and story telling. >> davy crockett was a politician. the frontiers men was front of the image making campaign in order to get elected to a population that did not want to hear from the old time politician. >> after dabbling in local politics he makes a bid for the tennessee legislature. as he builds momentum his detract tors begin mocking him in the press referring to him as the gentlemen from the cane.
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>> the phrase gentlemen from the cane referred to the unexplored areas where he lived and con strudz as red nick or back woodsmen. >> he wins a seat in the s tennessee state assembly. his support of local farmers puts him at odds with james mitchell a prominent lawyer. >> this bill will not work. it will not be agriculturally productive. that's why, my esteemed colleagues, why we will not assembly this motion. it will be a ruin to local farmers. >> i reckon i would like to rebut you, mitchell. >> i don't have the words, but i would still like to say mine.
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my fellow colleagues, we will not, we cannot, we shall not gamble with this money. you know i say you are done with sensibilities, mitchell. >> day sri crockett becomes the voice of the struggling class men, laborers and farmers become the powerhouse it is becoming. in the croprocess he is criticig democrats including andrew jackson's inner circle. >> as it turned out, crockett wasn't trying to criticize jackson, but jackson took it so personally. >> he said it. i am going to crush this little pip squeak.
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>> crockett's growing popularity and independent politics puts the odds on the party. the frontrunner has his old scout in his sights. >> andrew jackson was once involved in a dual, someone had insulted him. he went into that to not only hit his opponent but kill his opponent. if jackson tells you he was going to kill you, you best get your a fairs in order. >> jackson and the democrats see trouble on the horizon. it it goes to higher office and really causes trouble in the future. >> after two successful turns in the state legislature crockett comes up short in the first bid for congress out of a job and
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down. i ain't never been on that river. >> don't you worry about that, mr. crockett. >> after barely making it ashore he meets a wealthy businessman from memphis made marcus winchester. with the help of winchester's financial backing a group opposed to the democrats go to washington and help him dethrone andrew jackson, crockett accepts their offer. he forms the wig party. >> ladies and gentlemen, one time i faced off with a mountain lion with a water mock sin crawling up my leg. i had to choose which was was the bigger threat and i had to go after him first. today that threat is old
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hickory. >> crockett has made a remarkable journey from bound boy to the united states congress. now with his eyes on the white house, he wastes no time ruffling feathers. >> andrew jackson has a near singular focus passing the indian relocation act. it will relocate tribes to reservations further west. even though the act will greatly benefits his tennessee constituency davy crockett has strong moral objections forcing native people from their an sesial lands. >> removal of indians from any territory of the united states west of the mississippi, how do you vote? oo aye. >> aye. >> aye. >> i say aye. >> aye. >> i vote aye. >> mr. crockett>> n oo.
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>> nay. >> it is remarkable that he had the humanity in him to be their defender, to go up against andrew jackson. >> crockett's voice infuriates them who once again target his campaign. >> william was hand picked to bring down crockett. ironically he used some of the same folksy, down home tactics that crockett had mastered against him successfully which annoyed crockett. >> any man that calls me a liar is going to get a beating. i think you might want to take a step back, congressman crockett.
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>> crockett's refusal to stand up to fitzgerald leaves voters refused. their disappointment shows at the ballot box. >> ladies and gentlemen, the famous davy crockett. >> crockett bounces in and out of congress for the next four years after losing one final election he begins to look elsewhere for opportunity. the republic of texas becomes the promise staking claim to rich mex an soil in texas. ousted politicians like sam houston make the in you republic an opportunity to revive their political ambitions. >> i would rather be beaten than and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog. it is you who has chosen to elect a man wi, you may all go
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hell. i am going to texas. >> crock crockett the politician is defeated and disillusioned, but crockett is looking for new adventures and a fresh new start leaving his wife and kids behind crockett sets out looking for a new family home. >> he is a stellar politician has no kind of political future as far as he can see in tennessee. where the hell can he get elected to office? well, texas is a possibility. >> but this is the first time i have had an opportunity to write to you with convenience. i have have been received by everybody with an open arm of friendship. >> the texans were the anglo settlers in texas.
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they started coming in the last days of the spanish regime and fist days of the mexican republic. they were coming in order to make texas into a new america. >> but mexico and general santa ana stand in the way. crockett meets with an old friend from his washington days sam houston commander of the texian army. >> politic. we did that. this is war. i found 65 excellent rifle men. they will be under your command. i want you to take them down to san antonio and reinforce the garrison there and hold him. what do you say? >> sam, i would be happy and honored to fight for the future of the republic of texas. >> sam houston dispatches crockett to a garrison known by
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the mexicans as alamo. mexicans. the american dream is terrifying. american history is the history of the scary thing being the exact thing we have to do. cross that ocean. walk on that moon. fly. none of this makes rational sense. it only makes american sense. here, the hard things show us who we are. leaving your job to start your own thing. having a kid, when you still feel like a kid. signing a 30-year mortgage on a home.
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>> in 1836 victory over mexico feels close at hand for the men fighting for a sovereign texas. only months before davy crockett arrives in san antonio soldiers drive out mexican troops ceasing control of a former mission a fore dre fortress called the alamo. >> for the texians the alamo was really about what was accumulated. there is lots and lots of guns. >> but for the mexican military el alamo represents something very different. general santa ana is the supreme commander of the mexican army known as the napoleon of the west, the general is enraged when he receives word the texans
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have taken over el al. >> state your business. >> for the united states here to fight for the republican texians. >> santa ana has determined to take back what bee longs to mexico and he sees only one way to do it. if you are going to teach his texians a lesson, you need to teach them that lesson at the alamo. >> numerous women and children as well as 100 texian soldiers are hunkered by the walls of the alamo. he is under the command of two men. >> you have travis in charge of the regulars and then you have jim boom in charge of the volunteers.
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a a>> the texans are expecting a fight at the alamo but not oo suit. with pockets of civil war santa ana has his handsfu full. they couldn't be more wrong. bee >> colonel travis. >> we didn't have a lot of reinforcement. >> travis gets the message. he discounts this information. travis doesn't expect the mexicans to show up until spring and he's got people like crockett and his lively. >> well aware of the advancing
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mexican army crockett has a small window to escape, but he has no intention of retreating. >> when this war is won, texians achieve their independence they need a strong leader. i intend to give them what they need. >> the texians have indeed misjudged general santa ana. for weeks he has been assembling an army of nearly 2,000 soldiers. on february 23rd, 1836, general santa ana and his troops arrive in san antonio and begin surrounding the alamo. >> the first thing he does is try to scare them raising a black flag of no quarter. >> the no quarter flag sends a chilling message to the texans. >> none of you will be spared.
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>> he seths hs his guns up in strategic position to begin bombarding the alamo. >> davy.
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>> our people need to understand about the battle of the alamo that it is a siege. this battle lasted 13 days. >> the mexican soldiers are forced to retreat. >> crockett is living up to his reputation, for now. >> t i've got a to-do list and five acres of fresh air.
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text yance masquerad masquerade. >> march 5th, 1836, davy crockett and 200 texians are under siege at the alamo. they fight off a steady garage of g -- barrage of gun fire. out numbered more than 10-1 they refuse to surrender and are prepared to fight until death. santa ana inform his men they will storm the alamo in the morning. >> so he was willing to staend political message to the united states and to the people of mexico using the blood of his men as the ink for this mission. >> he had some special assault troops that came up. they came in determined to knock in the walls and knock in doors.
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>> there are approximately 25 different accounts of >> there are approximately 25 different counts of crockehow ct died at the alamo. there are no credible witnesses to it. all i can tell you is crockett became a texas icon by dying here. he was actually only in texas two months before he met his death at the alamo. >> of all of the accomplishments in his 49 years it is his death at the alamo that secures the myth of davy crockett. >> in the days lieding up to the siege of the alamo, davy crockett is free to leave. instead he chooses to stay and fight for the liberation of texas. rather than retreat as a coward he fights and lives up to an image created the popular culture of his time.
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in death davy crockett is able to become what he never could in his lifetime, a true american legend. >> no one would have picked me out of a crowd and say she will be the white house press secretary one day. i didn't think that about myself either. >> i am not going to respond to every political volley. >> and a fox news favorite. i am dana perino and this is "the american story of dana perino how the blue skies and sunshine of wyoming shaped her success. how president bush hand picked her to speak on his behalf. and what happened when the cameras weren't rolling? the classified secrets she kept from the press. i am elizabeth hasselbeck the dana y


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