A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture. Folklore has been a part of American culture for as long as humans have inhabited North America, and increasingly formed an intrinsic part of American culture as diverse peoples from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania arrived.
In modern times, folklore and tall tales experienced a rejuvenation with the emergence of urban legends and the growing popularity of science fiction and conspiracy theories, with mass media such as comic books, television, and films contributing to the retelling of old myths. This multi-volume encyclopedia will teach readers the central myths and legends that have formed American culture since its earliest years of settlement.
Its entries provide a fascinating glimpse into the collective American imagination over the past years through the stories that have shaped it.
Organized alphabetically, the coverage includes Native American creation myths, "tall tales" like George Washington chopping down his father's cherry tree and the adventures of "King of the Wild Frontier" Davy Crockett, through to today's "urban myths. Each entry also includes a short bibliography that will direct students or interested general readers toward other sources for further investigation.
Special attention is paid to African American folklore, Asian American folklore, and the folklore of other traditions that are often overlooked or marginalized in other studies of the topic. Christopher R.
Jeffrey B. He has published two volumes in the Complete Idiot's Guide series and numerous articles on subjects in American history. Webb holds a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.
For general readers, especially those with an interest in anthropology or U. Libraries Unlimited. Need Help? Try our Search Tips. Award Winner. Reviewed Content. Available for Course Adoption. Features Presents a compelling mix of some entries drawn from traditional Native American and European American culture as well as Mexican American, African American, Chinese American, and other national traditions Includes numerous primary documents that help readers to pinpoint and understand the origins of different myths and legends as well as how they evolve over time Features a wide variety of entries drawn from newer traditions of science fiction, urban legends, and conspiracy theories Supplies bibliographic references with each entry that include websites for further reading and research.
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Paul Bunyan. Which folk legend is based on a real person whose attempt to end hunger included traveling and planting apple trees? Apple Jack. Johnny Appleseed. Frank the Apple. Johnson Appleton. Which folk legend begged a fox not to throw him in the briar patch?
Uncle Remus. Br'er Rabbit. Which legendary character fell asleep for 20 years after drinking moonshine in the woods? Ichabod Crane. Rip Van Winkle. Francis Scott Key. Jack Norworth. Which legendary creature is said to reside in the Pacific Northwest and goes by the name "Bigfoot"? Mowhawk Warrior. Grave Digger.Welcome July! Next on the calendar is Bastille Day July 14which commemorates the start of the French Revolution. Caesar developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today. Built in the late s, the Bastille was a fortress that protected Paris, France, from attack.
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Over time, several political and economic events had increased tensions between nobles and commoners. On July 14,things came to a head: Angry revolutionaries took over a military hospital to gather muskets.
Their next target was the Bastille, for its supply of gunpowder. Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, France. Bastille Day commemorates the beginnings of a modern French republic and its evolution toward liberty, equality, and fraternity.5 Heroes of American Legend — American Folk Heroes Month
July 3 brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! Read all about the Dog Days of Summer. See our summer weather forecast. July is an exciting month for stargazing and bright planets. Both Jupiter and Saturn will reach their closest point to Earth and be at their brightest!
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Many folks sell their house in the summer. Check out our tips on a speedy house sale. The water lily symbolizes purity of heart. Find out your zodiac sign profile. Mercury Retrograde: Mercury enters retrograde motion on June 18, finishing on July Read more about Mercury Retrograde.It took time to research all of this.
Just like are " All American Patriotic Trivia Quiz " this one has the answers embedded inside the button. Just place your mouse over it to view the answer. This test is a variety of subjects from people, places, events, inventions, etc. In brief, it's history humbled to the trivial details. Let's see how much you remember from either your History classes, or watching the History Channel on TV shall we? Which English nobleman was executed for treason ineven though he named his settlement after Queen Elizabeth I?
The first Rock n' Roll singer to make Billboard's best seller charts was nicknamed, crazy man crazy. Who is it? Harry Houdini's real name is Erik Weisz. Who said, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. What volcano erupted on May 18, killing 57 people? Helens, Washington c Mt. Wrangell, Alaska. Annie Oakley is said to have been one great shot with a gun. Auguste Barholdi designed the Statue of Liberty's basic shape.
But which famous architect designed the framework? Who discovered the Mississippi River? So which way was George going when he crossed? What is the oldest city in America? What year was it?
The Titanic sank, and Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law? We've all heard about "The shot heard round the world" that got the Revolutionary War started, right? OK, so in which town did this so-called shot actually get shot?American bison were once hunted to near-extinction. Only 1, remained indown from 30 million bison less than a century earlier.
The streets in Virginia CityNevadawere once unknowingly paved with silver ore. When the locals found out what it was, they tore up the streets in a frenzy in less than 2 days. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous.
The crowd waited for him to keel over dead. He never did. The escape from Alcatrazthe only successful one, is still under investigation by the U. Marshals Service. There is no official language in the United States. The most commonly spoken language is English, followed by Spanish. The oldest national park is YellowstoneWyoming which was founded in Thomas Jefferson would greet White House guests in his robe and slippers. American Indians were not made citizens of the U.
He was 84 when he fathered Irene. Statistically, the deadliest job in America is… President. In a flu epidemic killedpeople in the U. The state of Alaska is times larger than the state of Rhode Islandbut Rhode Island has a significantly larger population. Hollywood Bowl in Los AngelesCalifornia is the largest amphitheater in the world. Opened init can hold almost 18, people. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, — 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
President James Madison weighed less than the average American teenage girl. He was only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed under pounds. American flags on anniversary by David Fisk.
One of the thirteen articles in the US Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the United States, it will automatically be accepted. It is the ninth deepest lake in the entire world. Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, is the highest point in North America, standing at a height of over 20, feet. In various polls, the United States was ranked last in overall health care among other rich nations.
Snake Alley, the most crooked street in the world, can be found in Burlington, Iowa. Built init was also the first boardwalk in the United States. It was founded by the Wright brothers in The purpose of myths is to account for the origins of something, explain aspects of the natural world, or delineate the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.
A legend is a traditional tale handed down from earlier times and believed to have an historical basis. He was a contented bachelor who could afford eight - eight mind you! He cut quite a figure in New Amsterdam society, and was happy being single, until he met the fair Anitje!
She was as pretty as a picture, and Claas fell head over heels for her. He was not her only suitor, by any means.
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The local burgomaster was also courting the fair Anitje. But the burgomaster was a stingy, hard man, and in the end, Anitje gave her heart and hand to Claas Adventure On the Rogue We were up-river with a tour group looking at all the natural beauties here on the Rogue River when I spied a young sasquatch hiding in the shadow of a tree near a gravel bank.
I swung the tour-boat around so we could get a better look, and all the tourists exclaimed and took pictures. Arkansas Traveler One rainy autumn, a traveler got lost in the mountains of Arkansas.
He was tired and hungry, and so was his horse. Night was approaching. All at once, he saw a cabin. A squatter sat on the porch fiddling the same tune over and over Armadillo's Song There once lived an armadillo who loved music more than anything else in the world.
After every rainfall, the armadillo would drag his shell over to the large pond filled with frogs and he would listen to the big green frogs singing back and forth, back and forth to each other in the most amazing voices. Attack of the Mammoth A man and his family were constantly on the move, hunting for beaver. They traveled from lake to lake, stream to stream, never staying any place long enough for it to become a home.
The woman sometimes silently wished that they would find a village and settle down somewhere with their little baby, but her husband was restless, and so they kept moving. Aunty Greenleaf and the White Deer Aunty Greenleaf was a scrawny old woman with a wild thatch of gray hair and a crooked nose. She lived in a hut surrounded by pines just outside Brookhaven, and she sold herbal remedies to the folks in town.
Mostly, people avoided her, except when someone got sick because it was said that Aunty Greenleaf was a witch. Her home remedies worked too well to be natural.The American robin is a very widespread and familiar North American bird, and is often one of the first birds children learn to recognize and novice birders add to their life lists.
But how much do you really know about these robins? The American robin goes by many names, including robin red-breast, just plain robin, and its scientific name, Turdus migratorius. European settlers named the American robin after the familiar European robin that they missed after emigrating to the New World. While both birds have orange breasts and upright postures, however, they do not otherwise look similar and are not closely related.
American robins are part of the Turdidae family of birds, which includes roughly species of related thrushes. Birds in the same family that are close cousins of robins include bluebirdssolitaires, Eurasian blackbirds, and fieldfares.
More different birds around the world include "robin" in their names, which makes it very important to use full names or scientific names when referring to different birds. Other "robins" include many different chats, flycatchers, and Australasian robins that are not close relatives of the American robin. The American robin is the state bird of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. This makes it one of the most popular state birdsand it is often seen in state flags, coins, shields, seals, and other symbols.
Both male and female American robins look similarthough males are generally brighter and more boldly colored than females. There are seven different subspecies of American robin, however, and geographic variations in their plumages can be quite extreme.
Populations in very humid areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, have darker plumage, while desert birds in drier regions tend to have much lighter, paler coloration. These are omnivorous birds that eat a wide variety of different foods, including earthworms, caterpillars, snails, spiders, berries, and fruit.
In the backyard, American robins will often snack on jellymealwormsand suetand they will also sample nuts and seeds, though they do not eat these foods as frequently. What Do Robins Eat? Learn Their Favorite Foods! American robins have exceptionally keen eyesight that allows them to see the tiny disturbances in the soil that indicate where worms are moving. This is how robins find wormsthough they also use their senses of hearing and touch as part of their hunting as well.
These birds have a flexible, complex syrinx a bird's voice box, the equivalent to the human larynx that allows them to create highly varied, warbling songs.