Here, grounded firmly in American history, is a skilled folklorist's survey of the entire field of America's folklore-from colonization to mass culture. Tracing the forms and content of American folklore, Mr. Dorson reveals the richness, pathos, and humor of genuine folklore, which he distinguishes from the "fakelore" of popularizers and chauvinists. At the same time, however, he shows what the creation of spurious folklore (the Paul Bunyan legends, for instance) discloses about our national character. Based upon ...

American Folklore 1961, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226158594

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American Folklore 1959, University of Chicago Press

ISBN-13: 9780226158587