Eight of the most beloved and true American folk heroes are brought to life here through the spirited talents of Ed Begley. From Davey Crockett's robust adventures in the wild frontier of Tennessee to the quiet, mystical journey of Johnny Appleseed, this collection is made up of stories both of people who actually lived to become legends and stories of heroes who become real to us through legends.
Many of these tales were born during cc time of great exploration and expansion of America and its frontiers. The struggle which these heroes faced, between the forces of nature and the forces of modern, mechanizing man, make this a perennial and timely collection.
Also included are the tales of Pecos Bill, the unbeatable, untamable cowboy: John Henry, the powerful black steel driving man and hero to the railway gangs which blasted out steam train tunnels; Joe Magarac, a steelworker whosymbolized the great energy of a growing country; Mike Fink, the roughest, toughest riverman on the Mississippi; Stormalong, the greatest sailor to steer a schooner: and Paul Bunyan, the giant, good-natured hero of lumberjacks.