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Captain Jack Crawford
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. 1. From Donegal to Fort Hell
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Captain Jack in the Black Hills
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. 3. Chief of Scouts
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. 4. Cody, Cariboo, and the Victorio Campaign
  2. pp. 67-90
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  1. 5. Post Trader at Fort Craig
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. 6. "The Campfire and The Trail"
  2. pp. 115-154
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  1. 7. Special Agent
  2. pp. 155-178
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  1. 8. In Search of Fame and Fortune
  2. pp. 179-206
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  1. 9. To the Klondike
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. 10. Two Years in the Gold Fields
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. 11. "A Genius in Buckskin"
  2. pp. 247-272
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  1. Epilogue: "If I But Could"
  2. pp. 273-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-338
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 339-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-363
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