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How Davy Crockett became an American legend

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Was Davy Crockett a sellout? And does it matter? Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-lab In this episode of History Club, Vox’s Phil Edwards asks Coleman Lowndes a question: Was this American legend really as great as he was cracked up to be? Davy Crockett’s become an American tall tale, but he was a real person and member of Congress. That’s where things get complicated. His incredible feats of bear-killing and frontier exploring intersected with a political career that was catalyzed by central banking. When Crockett was alive, Andrew Jackson was president, and Jackson was embroiled in a battle over the Second Bank of the United States. That battle eventually resulted in the creation of a new political party — the Whigs — and the Whigs decided Crockett could help advance their cause. In a strange way, it’s possible to trace the American icon and baby boomer fad back to this banking battle. And it says something about celebrity, politics, and how Americans imagine their history. If you want to read more about Davy Crockett, check out: The Autobiography of Davy Crockett by David Crockett: It’s folksy, occasionally true, and free. https://archive.org/details/autobiographyofd00croc David Crockett: The Man and the Legend by James Shackford: This meticulously researched biography is a precise look at the legend’s life. https://www.amazon.com/David-Crockett-James-Atkins-Shackford/dp/0803292309 Portraying an American Original: The Likenesses of Davy Crockett by Frederick Voss: I first encountered this essay in David Lofaro’s anthology of David Crockett history, but it’s a bit hard to find online. You can read this neat art history essay online. https://www.jstor.org/stable/30240051?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Victoria Shangina (3 days ago)
Australia, because most of the history books and YT channels are very Europe-centered.
Lemmy Wings (5 days ago)
Davy Crockett’s Da comes from Donemana
Anthony Ghandour (7 days ago)
Peter Kelley (13 days ago)
Australia. There is some interesting history to look at. Suggestions: Ned Kelly; the Eureka Stockade; the selection of Canberra as the national capital; the Gallipoli campaign in the first world eat and the ANZAC legend
kung Few (16 days ago)
Sadly, Davy Crockett was mauled to death by a raccoon on the way home from a bear hunt. 🐾
MrTacticalinuit (17 days ago)
A story from the continent whom'st rains we bless.
Simone Herbert (18 days ago)
Would this be a place to request an episode on the origins of why there are feminine and masculine words? (i.e the Spanish and French languages)
R YAY (18 days ago)
Marshall Rojas (19 days ago)
Tired Vamp (23 days ago)
You should do one of these on olive oatman
Kayla Robinson (23 days ago)
South Africa. We own some islands way down south and weird things happened with cats down there.
Cheyenne Warner (24 days ago)
Gerbil Mom (26 days ago)
Remember the Alamo 🤠🤠🤠
atranos tekeste (27 days ago)
Pick Africa, maybe on how the Ethiopians fought off more military equipped Italians
Juan Valdez (28 days ago)
Jackson is the real legend for ending the central bank, we need another Andrew Jackson
Gerbil Mom (26 days ago)
Juan Valdez um I believe you have forgotten about the trail to tears
Niamh C (28 days ago)
I’m European and I’ve never heard of Davy Crockett in my life
William Copps (30 days ago)
JustinJun (30 days ago)
I keep rewinding before Disney came into play at 10:10... what was “the myth that trickled in a little bit longer”?
Steven (1 month ago)
Guy on the right is somewhere between 18 and 60
Isaac White (1 month ago)
David Crockett is my hero so I consume any material about him. As soon as your video came up in my recommended feed I clicked.
emily mitchell (1 month ago)
IJ Piano (1 month ago)
Let it be subcontinent because it is so rich in cultural diversity that it will be surely great thing to hear from you guys. And if you need help then I will be available.
Woodly Saint Julien (1 month ago)
Please do Africa
Shoegum (1 month ago)
Those awkward edits of him saying one word
The Hiking gamer (1 month ago)
"Davyyyyyy, Daaaa-vy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a ja-mais peuuuuur" 🎼
oneofthethreerolypolyjays (1 month ago)
ripping off Do Go On podcast but okay
Liz Alexander (1 month ago)
Davey Crockett is my 7th great grandfather and this taught me a lot about him
Aggro Morality (1 month ago)
Andrew Jackson “You secede from my country and I secede your head from the rest of your body”
Pailie Longston (1 month ago)
You should do Africa next
Nelzo (1 month ago)
Africa, there are lots of stories. In fact, there are great, "untold" stories from Africa of heroism. Mostly overlooked because its Africa, and a perception that nothing great or inspiring comes from Africa. There is rich history from Africa which can keep a club busy, retelling the stories to us, philomath. If there is help needed with research, let us know.
Josh Mansker (1 month ago)
Davy Crockett hated Andrew Jackson? I like him already!
Jacob Brien (1 month ago)
Cupcake for All (1 month ago)
Dan Cristinzio (1 month ago)
Alan Cruz (1 month ago)
Andrew Jackson yup yup yup.......also a huge fuxking racist
Shona Ngava Fitness (1 month ago)
Okay YouTube, I finally watched this my life will be full of success from now.
Sean Curran (1 month ago)
zumbelololol (1 month ago)
can’t tell you cuz ur a stranger (1 month ago)
be born in the stratosphere saturn bound flying fast and miles off the ground jump from the spaceship just to look around and shot off his gun without making a sound davy davy crocket king of this brand new place davy davy crocket travelling through outer space
Nica Isac (1 month ago)
The continent: Zealandia
Ranti George (1 month ago)
Pentatome (1 month ago)
Europe my dude
Gigabeef 123 (1 month ago)
I'd be able to buy a car if people still payed that much for Raccon corpse, theres a Raccoon that hangs out somewhere around my house.
Michael Cercado (1 month ago)
Oh for History Club, do Oceania or Southeast Asia? And I found it cynically amusing and ironic that Andrew Jackson despised paper money, and yet he's on the $20 bill...
Jakob Eckstein (1 month ago)
Africa. I'd love to see a video about the war between the British and Boers at the turn of the 19th century, and how Emily Hobhouse took it upon herself the expose the conditions in the British concentration camps that were established to crush the Boers.
Sumit Singh (1 month ago)
Indian subcontinent
Mark McAllister (1 month ago)
more destructive post-modern iconoclasm
Rose Bud (1 month ago)
Too long to get to the point. I left.
Trooper 1139 (1 month ago)
Texan legend nothing American about a Texan hero
Chandler Bules (1 month ago)
South America!
Mauricio A. Román (1 month ago)
1st Africa, 2nd S. America, and 3rd Asia (South)
Krabsy (1 month ago)
This is very much like the Dollop Podcast.
PRIYANKA SHIRKE (1 month ago)
Magnus Muir (1 month ago)
Please do some Aboriginal Australian history!
Swailly (1 month ago)
Do something from Africa, tell people why the british wanted to dry out Egypt by cutting the source of the Nile.
Andrea Repetto (1 month ago)
I'm Peruvian, so I vote for South America, but Africa also doesn't get enough love, so either of those would make me happy! Thanks, love the vids!!
Captain Nemo (1 month ago)
Remember the snakes
Hajri Iljazi (1 month ago)
Me be ne izdajamo poznate znam pravice lep ti znaša na drin
J (1 month ago)
VOX is for the Alt-Right.
Mário Rebelo (1 month ago)
Dr Rubaba (1 month ago)
Asia or Africa please
Beatríz Miroslava Sandoval Ramos (1 month ago)
Kiritu George (1 month ago)
Africa. Do Sundiata Keita please or basically any legendary African figure from history.
Kelsey Prud'homme (1 month ago)
I bless the rains down in Africa
Chris Stricker (1 month ago)
rioga98 (1 month ago)
Oceania !
Dinesh M (1 month ago)
The EfX (1 month ago)
Even if you guys says it staged. The content of the videos still very awesome. Get smarter every day :)
Rahat Alam (1 month ago)
Focus on things in Ancient Persia or India; so many great personalities and events to explore
Gabe Katzman (1 month ago)
Middle East!!!
Louis Avden (1 month ago)
That Marvel vid tho
Yash Ke (1 month ago)
Africa is the birthplace of humankind and Vox is always about America...
FedoraMiaza (1 month ago)
Hey Vox! Can we please have a schedule from you for the different series you upload (Ex. Darkroom every X day or Almanac every Y day). Thankyou! Btw, love your videos.
Fuxser (1 month ago)
Europe! Prefferebly Scandinavia or Norway!
Organon (1 month ago)
Gregor Ethan R. Posadas (1 month ago)
Could you do Asia! Specifically Southeastern Asia during the age of American Imperialism. I think it'd be interesting to tell since it involves the U.S's start on the path to becoming a superpower.
The Valley Mountain Band (1 month ago)
Timothy White (1 month ago)
Never heard of him
Ramon Gonzalez Perez (1 month ago)
Rayhaan muaz (1 month ago)
Colonization in africa
franz kindel (1 month ago)
Your videos are awesome. TY guys!!!
alan ra (1 month ago)
The truth about 5 de mayo (México) Or the plaza de mayo grandmothers (Argentina)
Dark Soul (1 month ago)
What about Africa?
Dark Soul (1 month ago)
Love your club guys! But sincerely! I thought I knew something about D.C. ... after watching you this time ... I just felt dizzy!! Not really sure about what I've learnt and what I lost forever!! 😒😒
Dark Soul (1 month ago)
I've always thought he was nothing but a story ... I.e. not an actual dude. Ps. I'm not American.
Rohan Sharma (1 month ago)
Take a page from the Mughal Empire in india. (1526 - 1857)
kenji ito (1 month ago)
isak marken (1 month ago)
im sorry but this video is a mess
Z1DM0 (1 month ago)
Kevin Herman (1 month ago)
Antarctica - The first voyage.
Rockydoglover (1 month ago)
Yous0147 (1 month ago)
shamare04 (1 month ago)
Raafee Khan (1 month ago)
Do history on USA Canada ! The French indian war and the first qubecua and the metis people!
Vincent Chavez Jr (1 month ago)
vapid rabbit (1 month ago)
paper money just makes more sense... with the fluctuating values of precious metals, cashiers would be forced to go back to the medieval practice of clipping off pieces of coins, and weighing them...
Sean Deignan (1 month ago)
I choose the continent of Middle-Earth, or Ennor in the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin.
Juan Felipe Herrera (1 month ago)
SOUTH AMERICAAAAAA (not a continent itself, but it's got plenty of good interesting stories)
Giulio de Vito (1 month ago)
Rehan M (1 month ago)