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.
• Presents a compelling mix of some 500 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