The Mythical West: An Encyclopedia of Legend, Lore, and Popular Culture Richard W. Slatta

ISBN: 9781576071519

Published: November 20th 2001

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The Mythical West: An Encyclopedia of Legend, Lore, and Popular Culture  by  Richard W. Slatta

The Mythical West: An Encyclopedia of Legend, Lore, and Popular Culture by Richard W. Slatta
November 20th 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9781576071519 | 6.34 Mb

Ever since the days of the 49ers and George Armstrong Custer, the Old West has been Americas most potent source of legend. But it is sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. Did you know, for example, that Annie Oakley was a talented marksmanMoreEver since the days of the 49ers and George Armstrong Custer, the Old West has been Americas most potent source of legend.

But it is sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. Did you know, for example, that Annie Oakley was a talented marksman who shot an estimated 40,000 rounds per year while practicing and performing for Buffalo Bill Codys Wild West Show in the late l800s? Or that many interpreters believe that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is not just a fairy tale, but also a Populist allegory?These are just two of the folk legends dissected and examined in this veritable cultural geography. The volume covers everything from billionaire Howard Hughes and composer Aaron Copeland to Aztlan (the legendary first city of the Aztecs) and Area 51, the top-secret U.S.

Air Force base at Groom Lake, Nevada, that has fascinated UFO and conspiracy buffs.



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