Tag: American Legends

Kidd’s Dying Words

January 13, 2021 American Folklore This version of an anonymous English ballad that appeared on Kidd’s execution day was very popular in America. For some reason, Kidd was called Robert in this ballad. but first, a little history…”William Kidd was born around 1645 in… Continue Reading “Kidd’s Dying Words”

American Folklore: The First Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020 This comes from the book American Folklore and Legends by Reader’s Digest. Hope you enjoy! “To most Americans, the first Thanksgiving is a “legendary” and real event”, much as it is depicted in the modern painting by J.L.G. Ferris. A gathering… Continue Reading “American Folklore: The First Thanksgiving”

cowboy up

October 13, 2020 American Legends: Cowboys/Wild, Wild West “Cowboys ain’t made by boots or hatsThey’re made by the men inside ’emthat still respects his raising.”~ unknown this story comes from American Folklore and Legend by Reader’s Digest Hope you enjoy! The Tarantula’s Lesson Map… Continue Reading “cowboy up”

AMERICAN LEGENDS: “Hero Woman”

August 13, 2020 This story comes from American Folklore and Legend by Reader’s Digest. “Tory cutthoats are drinking and feasting in a farmhouse near Valley Forge, as they wait for 2 o’clock at night to kill Washington, whom they know will be passing then.… Continue Reading “AMERICAN LEGENDS: “Hero Woman””

American Legends: George Washington at Valley Forge

August 4, 2020 This story comes from American Folklore and Legends by Reader’s Digest. According to the book, the winter of 1777-78 was a mild one, but the army was so ill prepared that approximately 2500 soldiers died and left a memory in the… Continue Reading “American Legends: George Washington at Valley Forge”

American Legend: George Washington (2)

July 28, 2020 American Legend: George Washington“Judicious George” and “Here!” Today’s stories come from American Folklore and Legend by Reader’s Digest. I picked two because they are short. At times, it seems, it is hard to separate the man from the myth. For this… Continue Reading “American Legend: George Washington (2)”

AMERICAN LEGENDS: George Washington

July 21, 2020 This story comes from the book American Folklore and Legend by Reader’s Digest. It is an old book, published in 1978. I used it as part of my son’s homeschooling curriculum… this story appeared 100 years after the war. George Washington,… Continue Reading “AMERICAN LEGENDS: George Washington”