The Best Turnips on the Creek

Folklore in America

selected and edited by Tristram P. Coffin and Hennig Cohen
To many of its enthusiasts, folklore is a matter of survivals, an assortment of “living fossils” out of which a quaint world of magic, primitive emotions, and pastoral simplicity can be reconstructed. This sentimental nostalgia is fairly innocuous when it merely stimulates a pleasing escapism or even when it encourages …