History of Texas Part IV: Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie

Two men that made an enormous impact in Texas history were Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. While both were in Texas a short time, they're contributions were many.

A fierce outdoorsman and war hero, Crockett would be elected to three terms in the United States Congress, representing his district in Tennessee. He was so committed to the principled use of taxpayer money that he voted "no" to giving $100,000 in federal funds to a Navy hero's widow. The vote made Crockett so unpopular that he lost his bid for reelection, famously proclaiming, You can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas. Crockett was welcomed in Texas with open arms.

Famous for his fights, wounds and weapons, Jim Bowie and his his nine-and-a-quarter-inch long, one-and-a-half-inch wide knife would become the namesake for the "bowie knife." After experiencing a family tragedy, Bowie decided to join the fight for independence and defend the Alamo. During the 13-day siege, Bowie became gravely ill and bedridden. When Mexican troops stormed the mission, Bowie is said to have emptied his guns into the soldiers entering his room before they bayoneted him.

Both Davy Crockett and James Bowie died at the Battle of the Alamo, defending Texas independence until the very end.

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GLENN: There were two men that made an enormous impact in the history of the republic and the state of Texas in just the very short time that they each had there. The men Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Davy Crockett was born in 1796. He was hard working and an adventurous kid from an early age. He was just about 12 years old when his father indentured him to help pay huge debts that his father built up. Syler took Davy on a 400-mile cattle drive to Virginia. When he finished, the 12-year-old made his way all the way back home on his own. Upon his return, his father enrolled him in school where need it a fight with another student, and he skipped school the next day. And when his father found out, he set out to whip Davy. But Davy outran his father and just kept going, joining another cattle drive.

He would find work on various cattle drives and as a ranch hand out on his own over the next four years. At 16, he wondered if dad finally put the belt away. He returned home to Tennessee.

VOICE: When Davy got back to the tavern, it was nighttime and the evening meal was being served to the herders. He sat down amidst the other men.

VOICE: I had been going so long and had grown so much that the family did not at first know me. And another and perhaps a stronger reason was they had no thought or expectation for me, for they had given me up for finally lost.

VOICE: Davy Crockett.

VOICE: So he got inside a tavern, sat amongst the other travelers at the same table with the family. Finally, one of his sisters looked at him, recognized his features, and discovered she has just found her long lost brother David.

GLENN: After staying to work off more of his father's debts for two other debtors, Crockett set out on his own again. This time for good. Soon after leaving his family, Crockett met and married the love of his life. Pauley Finley. David and Pauley started their family and moved around the state frequently. Then during the war of 1812, war broke out in parts of the south with the Indians who the sided with the British and in an outpost called fort Michigan works ms, massacred 400 men, women, and children. This incensed those around Tennessee. So Crockett and others joined the fight.

VOICE: The warriors continued until they were within shot of us, and we fired killing a considerable number of them. We kept them running under heavy fire until we had killed upwards of 400 of them. Davy Crockett.

GLENN: Davy Crockett became an instant hero.

VOICE: Davy took his new family west to Lawrence county, Tennessee and settled along fast-moving Shoal Creek. The patent family was a prosperous one and Elizabeth had some money and Davy used this inheritance to set up a mail.

GLENN: Crockett would eventually be elected to three terms in the United States congress, representing his district in Tennessee. And he took his duties seriously. To him, taxpayer funds were sacred, and they weren't to be used in any way outside of the constitutionally-mandated ways. Can you even imagine somebody actually believing that? He was so committed to the principle that he even voted "no" on a act to congress that would give $100,000 in federal funds to the widow of one of the biggest heroes in American history. Navy commodore Steven Decatur. Decatur was killed in a dual by another Navy commodore. Crockett wouldn't cave in. His "no" vote was so unpopular that he lost his bid to be elected for a fourth term and had to be sent home to Tennessee where he famously proclaimed since you've chosen to elect a man with a timber tow to succeed me, you can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas. By the way, Decatur had left his wife with a fortune of $75,000, which is the equivalent of $1.8 million today. And that's before congress gave her $100,000, which would have more than doubled her fortune.

Crockett left with 30 others the next day, bound for Texas.

Initially, his intent was to scout out a place for his wife and children to live. But upon his rival, he was met by crowds of admirers. Crockett was quickly caught up in Texas independence, and he swore an oath to the new provisional government. Always up for a fight, he decided to join colonel William Travis in San Ontonio at the Alamo. During 13-day siege, Crockett said.

VOICE: Crockett was everywhere in the Alamo.

GLENN: It was also reported that he killed at least five Mexicans in succession as each of them tried unsuccessfully to reach a Mexican canon that was right outside the Alamo, each of them trying to fire it. Accounts of survivors on the Alamo of how Crockett died during the final battle varied. While firing at the on coming Mexicans from outside of the Alamo. Travis' slave, a man named Joe, the only male Texan to survive the slaughter claimed that Crockett died in a room inside the Alamo surrounded by 16 dead Mexicans that he had killed with his rifle, pistol, and knives.

But whatever he lost in 1986 like the state itself, he was a legendary larger than life figure. Another larger than life figure, a native Kentuckian also sealed his fate at the Alamo.

In 1814 at the age of 18, Jim and his brother headed to New Orleans to answer Andrew Jackson's call to fight the British in the war of 1812. But by the time they arrived, the fighting was over. But Jim decided to stay in Louisiana. In 1819, he joined an expedition to liberate Texas from Spain. No, not Mexico. Spain. And arriving in knock Dosher at, Texas, they declared Texan independent republic. They went home to Louisiana before the Spanish troops arrived to reclaim the area. Bowie had become nationally famous while attending a dual between two doctors in Mississippi. He was there as a friend and a sheriff of the Louisiana township where he lived, Norris Wright was an ally of the other doctor. Well, Bowie and Wright had been at odds ever since Bowie supported for sheriff. They both fired twice each missing on both shots. So they dropped their weapons, met in the middle, and shook hands. However, those gathered to witness the dual began an outright hall. Bowie was shot in the hip but drew his nine and a quarter inch long one and a half inch wide knife. He charged his attacker breaking the pistol and knocking Buoy to the ground. Sheriff Wright joined the effort and shot at Bowie while he was laying on the ground, but he missed and Bowie returned fire hitting Wright. Wright then drew his sword cane and ran it through Bowie's chest impaling him. As Wright attempted to retrieve his blade by placing his foot on Bowie's chest and yanking it out, the badly wounded Bowie pulled him down to the ground with him and disemboweled Wright with his huge, what we now call a Bowie knife. Wright died instantly and Buoy with Wright's sword still protruding from his chest was shot again and stabbed by another member of the group. Incredibly somehow or another the doctors who had started the whole thing by deciding to dual in the first place removed the bullets and patched Bowie's other wounds.

Shortly after the now famous is an bar fight Jim Bowie now 35 years old headed for Texas. There he recuperated from the multiple serious wounds that he had received and while mending, he met and married the 19-year-old daughter of the vice governor of Texas. They moved into her parents San Antonio palace and had two children. While Bowie was away on a business trip, he heard that there was an outbreak in Texas, fearing that it would hit San Antonio, he sent his wife and his children to his parents' estate in Montgomery clove I can't, Mexico, as the epidemic was headed to San Antonio. Sadly, and ironically, the entire family fell victim to the epidemic in Monclova and all of them, including her parents died.

This tragedy sent Bowie into an alcoholic frenzy and was the beginning of ill health for him. With Mexico clamping down and oppressing Texans, Bowie decided to join the fight for independence and defend the Alamo. He and colonel William Travis were in command. However, during the 13-day siege, Bowie became gravely ill and bedridden. When the Mexicans stormed the mission, he is said to have emptied his guns into the soldiers who entered his room, laying in his bed leaning up against the wall finally out of ammo, the Mexican soldiers got through and bayoneted James Bowie.

This is a time where I guess men were men and things were crazy. These are just few of the people and the events that we have shared in this last serial that have made Texas the unique liberty-minded haven that it is. There has always been a sense of pride and independence and a little bit of fight in the residents there. Today, Texas has its very own electrical grid. It boasts the 11th largest economy in the world. And having no state income tax may be part of the reason that more fortune 500 companies are based in Texas than anywhere else in the nation. Unlike other states that have been devoured by the Federal Government, over 90 percent of the land in Texas is still privately owned. Texas freedom and economic success have made it America's fastest growing state at over 28 million residence and counting. Three of the top five fastest-growing cities. Houston, Dallas, and unify. And over the past 20 years, more than 4 million Californians have made the move to Texas. Those of us in Texas still aren't sure that's a good thing.

The spirit of Sam Houston, Steven F Austin, Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie alive and well and pushing the resonance of the state to continue to fight for independence and freedom.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.