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Wyoming Folklore: Reminiscences, Folktales, Beliefs, Customs, and Folk Speech

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In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers' Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview Civil War veterans and former slaves, homesteaders and Oregon Trail migrants, soldiers of the Great War and Native Americans who remembered Little Big Horn. The work of the FWP in Wyoming, collected and edited here for the first time, comprises a rich repository of folklore and history and a firsthand look at the Old West in the process of becoming the new American frontier. Wyoming Folklore presents the legends, local and oral histories, and pioneer stories that defined the state in the early twentieth century. James R. Dow is a professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University and is the author of German Folklore: A Handbook. Roger L. Welsch is a well-known folklorist and essayist and the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore and Cather's Kitchens: Foodways in Literature and Life, both available in Bison Books editions. Susan D. Dow's photographs have appeared in several of James Dow's books.

Synopsis:

In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview Civil War veterans and former slaves, homesteaders and Oregon Trail migrants, soldiers of the Great War and Native Americans who remembered Little Big Horn. The work of the FWP in Wyoming, collected and edited here for the first time, comprises a rich repository of folklore and history and a firsthand look at the Old West in the process of becoming the new American frontier. Wyoming Folklore presents the legends, local and oral histories, and pioneer stories that defined the state in the early twentieth century.

About the Author

James R. Dow is a professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University and is the author of German Folklore: A Handbook. Roger L. Welsch is a well-known folklorist and essayist and the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore and Cathers Kitchens: Foodways in Literature and Life, both available in Bison Books editions. Susan D. Dows photographs have appeared in several of James Dows books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803243026
Subtitle:
Reminiscences, Folktales, Beliefs, Customs, and Folk Speech
Publisher:
Bison Books
Editor:
Dow, James R.
Author:
Dow
Author:
Dow, James R.
Author:
Federal Writers Project
Author:
Welsch, Roger L.
Author:
Dow, Susan D.
Author:
, Susan D.
Author:
Welsch, Roger
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview Civil War veterans and former slaves, homesteaders and Oregon Trail migrants, soldiers of the Great War and Native Americans who remembered Little Big Horn. The work of the FWP in Wyoming, collected and edited here for the first time, comprises a rich repository of folklore and history and a firsthand look at the Old West in the process of becoming the new American frontier. Wyoming Folklore presents the legends, local and oral histories, and pioneer stories that defined the state in the early twentieth century.
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