Kit Carson and His Three Wives: A Family History

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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 politicized interpretations of Carson’s actions.

Series: Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1St Edition edition (May 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0826332978
ISBN-13: 978-0826332974
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

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Review
“Marc Simmons knows more about Kit Carson than anyone else….

[he] makes full use of the primary sources… — Robert Utley, Western Historical Quarterly, Spring 05 –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher
After almost four decades devoted to researching Kit Carson’s personal life, Simmons provides information about Carson’s family life, including as much as can be determined about his three wives. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.