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Kit Carson and His Three Wives: A Family History (Hardback)
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Kit Carson and His Three Wives: A Family History (Hardback)

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Hardback 195 Pages / Published: 30/11/2003
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Kit Carson (1809-1868) has long held a prominent place in the popular imagination of the American West. However, little is known about his family life thanks largely to Carson's own guardianship of his privacy. After almost four decades devoted to researching Kit Carson's personal life, Marc Simmons provides information here to further our understanding of Carson. Viewing Kit Carson's career as a husband and father sheds new light on the life choices he made. The changing economy of the 1840s made it increasingly difficult for a trapper and scout to support a growing family. Carson's years as an Indian agent in the 1850s provided him stability although he was never able to spend as much time with his family as any of them would have liked and he was never able to bring in a comfortable income. The Kit Carson Simmons portrays offers a welcome change from recent politicised interpretations of Carson's actions.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826332967
Number of pages: 195
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 22 mm


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"The text is very readable, even for a lay person. It provides a feeling for the context in which Carson created and led his family life, and is both interesting and accessible for readers with an interest in biography and history."
"Simmons' portrait of an illiterate hunter and patriotic family man is a fascinating reading adventure."
"I started reading this book the day it arrived in the mail and finished it before going to bed that night."
"Simmons's study adds much to the Carson literature and helps dispel some of the more voguish criticism of the man."
"Simmons's book fills many nagging gaps in the famous frontiersman's life, and provides an illuminating and enjoyable read."
"Anyone interested in the life and career of this famous frontiersman will surely discover a lot about him from this new book."
"All those interested in the mountain men saga and the development of New Mexico should read this book. It is well written, with excellent illustrations and a comprehensive listing of source documents."
""Kit Carson and His Three Wives" is a fineintroduction to the subject of this controversial westerner, as well as an important contribution to the literature about women in the Southwest and the growing subject of the history of families."
""Kit Carson and His Three Wives" is a fine introduction to the subject of this controversial westerner, as well as an important contribution to the literature about women in the Southwest and the growing subject of the history of families."
"Marc Simmons is the leading scholar of the life of Kit Carson, and this absorbing volume presents the mostly heretofore unknown stories of Carson's wives and families. . . . This finely-crafted book is recommended to everyone with an interest in Carson and to anyone who has never heard of Kit Carson."

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