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My father, Daniel Boone : the Draper interviews with Nathan Boone
Boone, Nathan, 1781-1856.
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Publication Information:
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 176 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Lyman Draper's 1851 interviews with Nathan and Olive Boone.
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F454.B66 B66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Daniel Boone is one of the most famous figures of the American frontier. He clashed with the Shawnee and became a land speculator who sought to exploit the riches of a newly settled region. Because fact and fiction have become so enmeshed in the Boone legend, Lyman Draper's interviews with Boone's son, Nathan, and his wife, Olive, provide a wealth of accurate information about Boone's first trip to Kentucky, his capture by Indians, his defense of Fort Boonesboro, and his lengthy hunting trips.

Author Notes

Neal O. Hammon is an architect and amateur historian. He is the co-author of Virginia's Western War: 1775-1786 and numerous articles on Kentucky history.

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Booklist Review

Daniel Boone remains one of the most enduring and intriguing American icons. Unfortunately, the man and the myth have become so hopelessly entangled that it is almost impossible to separate legend from reality. In 1851, historian and archivist Lyman Draper spent several weeks visiting Nathan Boone, the only surviving child of Daniel Boone. As a result of this extended interview, Draper amassed more than 300 pages of notes intimately detailing the personal life of one of the American frontier's most memorable characters. Though the Draper interviews have provided numerous Boone biographers with their primary source of material, this is the first time this wealth of information has been organized into book form and made readily accessible to the public. Rather than a larger-than-life caricature, what eventually emerges is an affectionate, down-to-earth, immensely likable American hero. Invaluable oral history. Margaret Flanagan

Choice Review

Recollections of the life of Daniel Boone, as revealed to Lyman C. Draper in an interview with Boone's youngest son Nathan and his wife Olive Van Bibber Boone, conducted at Nathan Boone's Missouri homestead in October November 1851, read like an autobiography of Daniel Boone. Draper, renown collector of oral history of early Americans, is an expert interrogator and occasionally offers corrective comment on his own. Most all the material from nearly 300 pages of Draper's notes is reproduced here. At the time of the interview Nathan Boone (1780-1856) had just retired from a frontier army career. Of special interest is Daniel Boone's later life, when father and son were inseparable and were frequently off on hunting forays. Even though one might be cautious about Nathan's prodigious memory, as the editor advises, the volume offers fascinating information, and Nathan himself seeks to sort fact from fiction. Though less than a full portrayal of events, and though Boone's associations may disappoint readers, both interviewer and interviewee are focused on expanding knowledge of Daniel Boone. A letter from Nathan Boone, a genealogy, copious annotation, and an extensive Boone bibliography are included. All levels. H. M. Ward University of Richmond