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Great American folklore : legends, tales, ballads, and superstitions from all across America

Author: Kemp P Battle
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, [1986] ©1986
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Great American Folklore gathers together nearly three hundred of the most entertaining legends, tall tales, and ballads from America's distinctive oral heritage.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Legends
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Great American folklore.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, ©1986
(OCoLC)891420856
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kemp P Battle
ISBN: 0385185553 9780385185554
OCLC Number: 12695416
Description: xxiv, 644 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Where the road forks and the river bends : travelers' tales. The Arkansas traveler --
Davy Crockett and the fiddler in the river --
How Uncle Steve interpreted Spanish --
How Johnny Appleseed brought apple blossoms to the West --
Nail soup --
Ohio roads --
A pallet on the floor --
The six thousand year principle --
Ain't lost --
Lodging in Kansas --
Michigan bedbugs --
A Yankee finishes his meal --
A frequent mover --
The Hoosier and the salt pile --
A white elephant --
Hands up! --
An experienced river pilot --
Mississippi sounding calls --
Steamboats are dangerous --
"It's all right, Captain" --
Nehemiah Fluf'kin's visit to the city --
On a slow train through Arkansaw [i.e. Arkansas] --
The ballad of Casey Jones --
Lingo of the rails --
Traveling superstitions --
The traveler's homecoming. The hills beyond : pioneer tales. Captain John Smith and Pocahontas --
Daniel Boone's tale of the three notches --
Bewildered Boone --
"That's John's Gun!" --
A mighty strange turkey --
A pioneer woman fights back --
How Muldrow found his neighbor --
A savage Santa Claus --
The trapper's hello --
The trappers' camp --
The day Jim Bridger ran off --
Old Gabe to the rescue --
Joe Meek's mule --
Watch what you say --
A long way for advice --
The death of a mountain man. The fightin' spirit. Too long between fights --
Yankee Doodle --
How Mike Fink beat Davy Crockett in a shooting match --
Mike Fink and the deacon's bull --
Tough fighters --
Bingo --
Snake Thompson, a good fiddler --
The Texas Rangers --
The fight --
The talking match --
The blacksmith duel --
The last duel in Ohio --
The good old rebel --
The Yank reunion --
Mormon Zack wastes no time --
Silver Jack --
The sissy from Hardscrabble County --
John Henry, the steel-drivin' man --
The Hatfield-McCoy feud : how it started --
Mose Humphreys : the fighting fireman --
Strap Buckner, the fightingest man --
The death of Crockett. Hunting and fishing yarns. How Jack Wood got thin --
The tale of the dog with the upside, downside legs --
Mart Moody's bird dog --
Pretty baby --
A hand-caught rabbit --
Running the fox --
A shooter with a heart --
Accommodating deer --
Why I never shoot bears --
Bee hunting in the Ozarks --
A fine bloomin' shot! --
The buck or the bullet --
Major Brown's coon story --
A coon-hunt in a fency country --
Davy Crockett meets his match --
An underwater robbery --
When we isn't we --
Hunting superstitions --
Shotgun Charlie goes fishing --
A hard-drinking snake --
The fish rider --
The saucer-back halibut --
Old Joe, the legendary catfish --
Crooked stream --
Grant's tame trout --
Fishing superstitions --
Anything a man can do, a woman does better. Love and marriage. High Horse's courting : a Sioux love story --
Buffalo gals --
Jemima, what have you done to me? --
Old Smoky --
Joe Bowers --
Frankie and Johnny --
A New England courtship --
A frontier love story --
Crockett pops the question --
How Daniel Boone found his wife --
Black-eyed Susie --
Superstitions : love and marriage --
Weddings, frontier style --
Square-dance calls --
The bride and groom of Pisgah --
The mermaid --
The queen of the bull-whackers --
Birthing, the frontier way --
Superstitions : pregnancy and infants --
A close call --
I once loved a young man --
A patient wife --
A wise husband --
"Old Whiskers" --
Why womens is sharper dan mens --
She wanted a divorce --
Sweet Betsey from Pike --
De ways of de wimmens --
Harvey and Myra. Preachers and their congregations. If only the angels knew --
What did he say? --
The fighting parson --
Predestination for the Indian --
The deacon's testimony --
The stolen wedges --
Soapy Smith preaches to the damned --
Little mercies --
A parson's supper --
Cheesebox church --
Faith and expectation --
Powers of concentration --
Catching the Lord --
Last licks --
An oilman helps out --
How they sing in the city --
Advice on sin --
The settin' up --
Dividing up the souls --
Bundle of troubles --
Toll 'em heavy --
Superstitions about faith --
The reformation of Uncle Billy. Witches, ghosts, and strange events. Granny Frone --
Old Ferro --
The hag of Plymouth --
Hoodoo --
The tale of the talking eggs --
The black cats are talking --
The sick man's ghost --
The miser's gold --
The ghostbuster --
Supernatural superstitions --
Death superstitions --
The mystery star --
The seven-year light on Bone Hill --
The death-watch tick --
Fiddler's dram --
An epitaph --
The girl with the lavender dress. Animal tales. Coyote turns into a buffalo : a Pawnee myth --
The wonderful tar-baby story --
How Mr. Rabbit was too sharp for Mr. Fox --
What the guinea hen says --
Lissenbee --
Sheer crops --
Never hold your head too high --
How Sandy got his meat --
De knee-high man --
Two-Toe Tom --
The boll weevil song --
Animal superstitions. Country life and country laughter. Trespassers beware --
A melting story --
Racing the train --
The new telephone wire --
When you don't know, guess --
The razorback hog --
A family pet --
Pig or puppy --
Quit while you're ahead --
Little brown jug --
Moonshiners --
Thanks just the same --
A little more cider --
A still tongue makes a wise head --
A long-handled shovel --
Paw won't like this --
Ask the river --
A mean grocer --
The vinegar queen's supper --
The boardinghouse --
East Texas episode --
The man from Texas --
Keep going --
Oolah! Oolah! --
Crockett gets the votes --
Change the name of Arkansas? --
Fitting epitaph --
Hog-thieves hanging together --
How do you plead? --
Shotgun Charlie's sage advice --
Listen to the people talk --
Riddles --
Children's rhymes. The wild, wild West. The West --
Another view of the West --
The shallows of the ford --
The robbers and the widow --
Jesse James meets Wild Bill --
The fateful Northfield raid --
Doc Holliday --
Wyatt Earp plays a lone hand --
Shoot-out at the O.K. Corral --
Butch Cassidy robs the payroll train --
Stackalee --
Sam Bass --
Hang me, o hang me --
Judge Parker, the hanging judge --
Roy Bean as coroner --
Law-abiding folks --
Judge Three-Legged Willie --
The death of Billy the Kid --
The death of Wild Bill --
On the dodge --
Outlaw women --
Calamity's bet --
Annie Oakley makes her name --
The disappointed tenderfoot --
The wild, wild West show --
Annie Oakley's twilight. The cowboy: funny, tough, and lonesome. Home on the range --
Too much talk --
A cowboy's comforts --
No complaints --
A rare steak --
Advice to a cowboy --
All in a day's work --
Longrope's last guard --
The Kansas line --
What the cowpoke saw --
Good-hearted cowboys --
Tact --
Bone Mizell buries a buddy --
The saga of Pecos Bill --
Jim --
An honorable genealogy --
Lost in heaven --
A cowboy finds a friend --
A poor bet --
The cowboy's lament --
The speckled yearlin' --
Cowboy's last request. The tall tales of swappers, liars, and boasters. A stubborn critter --
The mare with the false tail --
How a dog made Pete Andrews rich --
Crazy for whiskey --
The fireproof pitch --
The fish-boning machine --
The truth about liars --
Bill Greenfield, a great liar --
A cold day --
A good imitation --
John Darling, an even bigger liar --
Big mosquitoes --
Big Wind at Hurley --
Sandstorm yarns --
Ira and Tom build fences --
Weather lore --
The deep snow --
The boy and the turkeys --
Well-dressed turkeys --
Some liars of the Old West --
The hickory toothpick --
Climbing the ladder --
A long name --
A long high jump --
A bear for work --
A scared crow --
Hoop snakes --
The swollen hoe handle --
The soft-soaped mule --
Can rats read? --
The cat with the wooden paw --
The boomer's hound --
Sam Patch, jumping man --
The high divers --
Casey at the bat --
Febold Feboldson, the most inventingest man --
Gib Morgan and the whickles --
Gib's biggest rig --
How Gib invented rubber boots --
How Gib saved his tool dresser. Paul Bunyan and his world. Paul Bunyan's birth --
Babe, Paul Bunyan's blue ox --
Heavy-timbered land --
Why the Great Lakes have no whales --
The lumberman's song --
The round drive --
How Paul Bunyan cleared North Dakota --
Tony Beaver meets Paul Bunyan.
Responsibility: compiled by Kemp P. Battle ; illustrated by John M. Battle.

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Great American Folklore gathers together nearly three hundred of the most entertaining legends, tall tales, and ballads from America's distinctive oral heritage.

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