Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Tall tales, folklorists, art, and more
Discover the fun stories of American folklore, from tall tales to literary classics. Musical legends, key terms, and artists movements are also included.
compiled by John Gettings
Tall Tales Characters
- Ethan Allen, hero of the American Revolution
- Daniel Boone, frontiersman
- Paul Bunyan, lumberjack of legend
- Calamity Jane, frontier character
- John Chapman (J. Appleseed), pioneer
- Buffalo Bill Cody, scout and showman
- Davy Crockett, frontiersman
- Mike Fink, legendary frontiersman
- John Henry, legendary strongman
- Jesse James, outlaw
- Casey Jones, locomotive engineer
- Annie Oakley, theatrical performer and "dead shot"
- Pecos Bill, cowboy
- Betsy Ross, seamstress
- Uncle Sam, term used to mean U.S.
- Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm
- Woody Guthrie
- Joel Chandler Harris
- John Lomax
- Charles Perrault
- Cecil Sharp
- William Sumner
External American Folklore Links
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