American Heroes, Myth and Reality

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Bibliographical Note

As a necessary preliminary task, the author prepared a Bibliography of the American Hero, which the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia published in 1950. It lists about five hundred works classified in terms of the classical modern literature, and the hero considered from a philosophic, literary, historical, social science and folklore viewpoint. Anyone especially interested in the literature on the American hero is referred to this bibliography.

For the general reader, these books are highly recommended: F. R.S. Raglan, The Hero: A Study of Tradition, Myth, and Drama ( New York, 1937), Dixon Wecter, The Hero in America ( New York, 1943) ; Sidney Hook, The Hero in History, a Study of Limitation and Possibility ( London, 1945); Stewart Holbrook, Little Annie Oakley and Other Rugged People ( New York, 1949); and Leo Gurko, Heroes, Highbrows, and the Popular Mind ( Indianapolis, 1953).

The articles and works cited in the references will also be found useful.


Heroes All: A Synopsis of Case Studies
HeroTypeHero-MakersKey Date and event
SmithKnight-errant Henry, Robertson
Poindexter, Cook
1907 (Tercentennial)
WashingtonFather Weems, Marshall,
Stuart, Bloom
1932 (Bicentennial)
BoonePioneer Filson, Cooper
Draper, Beard
1934 (Bicentennial)
LeeAristocrat Sweeney, Adams,
Benet, Freeman
1907 (Centennial)
Self-Made ManGo-Getter Franklin, Alger,
McGuffey, Carnegie
1929 (Great Depression)
Billy the KidAvenger Upson, Siringo,
Hough, Burns
1926 (Burns' revival)
CodyMatinee Idol Buntline, Burke
Ingraham
1890 (close of frontier)
BunyanTycoon Laughead, Auden
Stevens
1914 (adoption by Red
River Lumber Co.)
MagaracImmigrant Francis, Billard,
Vittor
1931 (Francis' article)
CowboyNatural ManWister, Grey,
Siringo, Cody
1910 (first western movie)
FordMechanic Sorenson, Cameron,
Bennett, H. Ford II
1953 ( Ford Motor Co.,
50th Anniversary
FairbanksActivist Loos, Pickford,
John and Doug Fair-
banks, Jr.
1920 (Fairbanks-Pickford
wedding)
Mickey MouseAmerican Boy Walt and Roy
Disney, Kamen
1932 ( Kamen Enterprises
started)

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