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Myths and Legends of Our Own Land   By: (1852-1907)

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Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner is a captivating collection of folklore and tales from various regions of the United States. This book delves into the rich and diverse tapestry of American mythology, revealing the stories that have been passed down through generations.

Skinner's writing style is both engaging and informative, providing readers with a glimpse into the cultural heritage of different American communities. The book is divided into distinct regional sections, allowing readers to explore the folklore of specific areas such as New England, the South, or the Wild West.

One of the notable strengths of this book is the breadth of myths and legends covered. From ghost stories and Native American legends to tales of buried treasures and haunted places, Skinner leaves no stone unturned. Each story is intricately woven, captivating readers and transporting them to a bygone era of supernatural belief and wonder.

Not only does Skinner present these tales, but he also provides historical context and background information, making it an educational read as well. The author's extensive research is evident throughout the book, and his passion for preserving these stories shines through in his detailed and well-written narratives.

Furthermore, Skinner explores themes and motifs that are common in many of the stories, highlighting the shared cultural elements across different regions. It is fascinating to see how certain motifs, such as haunted houses or mythical creatures, are present in different parts of the country, albeit with their own unique variations.

However, one critique of this book is that it occasionally feels overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stories it tries to cover. While this allows for a comprehensive exploration of American folklore, it also means that some stories feel rushed or lack depth. The brevity of certain narratives may leave readers wanting more context or explanation, particularly for those unfamiliar with specific regional legends.

Despite this minor drawback, Myths and Legends of Our Own Land remains an enchanting and accessible read for anyone interested in the folklore and mythology of the United States. Charles M. Skinner's passionate storytelling and rich cultural exploration make this book an invaluable resource for those seeking to uncover the hidden tales of their own land.

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By Charles M. Skinner



Rip Van Winkle Catskill Gnomes The Catskill Witch The Revenge of Shandaken Condemned to the Noose Big Indian The Baker's Dozen The Devil's Dance Chamber The Culprit Fay Pokepsie Dunderberg Anthony's Nose Moodua Creek A Trapper's Ghastly Vengeance The Vanderdecken of Tappan Zee The Galloping Hessian Storm Ship on the Hudson Why Spuyten Duyvil is so Named The Ramapo Salamander Chief Croton The Retreat from Mahopac Niagara The Deformed of Zoar Horseheads Kayuta and Waneta The Drop Star The Prophet of Palmyra A Villain's Cremation The Monster Mosquito The Green Picture The Nuns of Carthage The Skull in the Wall The Haunted Mill Old Indian Face The Division of the Saranacs An Event in Indian Park The Indian Plume Birth of the Water Lily Rogers's Slide The Falls at Cohoes Francis Woolcott's Night Riders Polly's Lover Crosby, the Patriot Spy The Lost Grave of Paine The Rising of Gouverneur Morris


Dolph Heyliger The Knell at the Wedding Roistering Dirck Van Dara The Party from Gibbet Island Miss Britton's Poker The Devil's Stepping Stones The Springs of Blood and Water The Crumbling Silver The Cortelyou Elopement Van Wempel's... Continue reading book >>

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