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Tall tale America : a legendary history of our humorous heroes
Blair, Walter
Adult Nonfiction E178.4 .B56 1987

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1 - Overcoming Hardships, America Gets Discovered and Settled
Leif the Lucky Discovers America, 1000 A.D.
The Continent Temporarily Misplaced
Columbus Discovers America for Good, 1492
Ponce de Leon and Other Discoverers Have a Time of It
Getting the Place Settled
2 - Captain Stormalong, the Revolution and Clipper Ships
John Smith in Virginia, 1607
Miles Standish in New England, 1620
Young Stormalong Goes to Sea and Licks a Kraken Revolution Begins, 1775
Declaration of Independence, 1776
Stormy Helps Paul Jones in the Raid on Whitehaven, 1778, and in the Battle off Flamborough, 1779
End of Revolution, 1783
Old Stormy Builds the Albatross, Whitens Cliffs and Perfects Whaling
3 - Jonathan Slick, Southerners, Dutchmen and Daniel Boone
Hardships in Yankeeland
"Sharp Bargains Make Fat Purses"
Jonathan Drives a Mighty Fine
Bargain He Sees the Whole of the Country
Daniel Boone's Discovery of Kentucky and His Other Puzzling Habits
4 - Mike Fink, King of Mississippi
Keelboatmen: George Washington, President, 1789-1797
John Adams, President, 1797-1801
Thomas Jefferson, President, 1801-1809
Mike Fink Born in Pittsburgh
His Education on the Frontier
He Starts Keelboating
He Battles and Becomes King of the Keelboatman
5 - Mike Fink, Mountain Man in the Far West
Fulton Invents the Steamboat, 1807
Mike Fights a Steamboat, Rough and Tumble
He Goes West with Ashley-Henry
Trapping Expedition, 1822-1823
James Monroe, President, 1817-1825
Mike Out-traps the Mountain Men
He Beats Davy Crockett in a Shooting Match
6 - Davy Crockett, Tennessee Settler
The Amazing Crockett Family
Davy Becomes a Great Hunter
He Marries a Streak of Lightning and Sets Up as a Settler
He Tames Wild Beasts, including the Bear, Death Hug, and Operates a Fertile Farm
7 - Davy Crockett, Soldier, Congressman and Comet Licker
Davy Whops the Indians "Crockett for Congress" (twice)
Andrew Jackson, President, 1829-1837
Davy Defeats the Spaniards in Texas
End of War, 1836
Davy Licks a Dangerous Comet
He Unfreezes the Earth
8 - Johnny Appleseed, Planter of Orchards on the Frontier
Johnny's Extraordinary Birth and Boyhood
He Discovers His Mission, Apple Trees for the West
Martin Van Buren, President, 1837-1841
Johnny Visits the Merritts
He Dies and Haunts Apple Orchards
9 - Mose, New York Firemen and California
Miner: The Growth of New York
James K. Polk, President, 1849-1850
"The Bowery, The Bowery"
Mose, the World-Renowned
He Joins Fire Co. No. 40
He Saves Four People on One Trip
Mexican War, 1846-1848
California Gold Rush, 1849
Mose Strikes It
Rich in the Gold Fields
10 - Windwagon Smith and the Santa Fe Trail Seaman
Tom Smith's Theory about Dry Oceans
His Upsetting Arrival in Westport, Mo.
Test Trip of the Windwagon: Westport to Council
Groves and Back in Seven Days
Westport and Santa Fe Dry Ocean Navigation Company, Inc.
Franklin Pierce, President, 1853-1857
Super-Windwagon-Farewell
Ensign Dick Yocum and Admiral Windwagon Smith
11 - Feboldson and Bridger, Western Scientists
Civil War, 1861-1865
Abraham Lincoln, President, 1861-1865
Year of the Great Heat
Feboldson Provides Mud for Nebraska
Year of th


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