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Published by W.B. Eerdmans in Grand Rapids, Mich .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States,
  • United States.
    • Subjects:
    • Popular culture -- United States.,
    • Heroes in mass media.,
    • Heroes -- United States -- Folklore.,
    • National characteristics, American.,
    • Heroes -- Political aspects -- United States.,
    • Political culture -- United States.,
    • United States -- Civilization.,
    • United States -- Intellectual life.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references and index.

      StatementJohn Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett.
      GenreFolklore.
      ContributionsJewett, Robert.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsE169.12 .L36 2002
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxi, 416 p. :
      Number of Pages416
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3560260M
      ISBN 100802849113
      LC Control Number2002023825


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