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Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends and Bald-Faced Lies
     

Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends and Bald-Faced Lies

by Diane Williams
 

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From the hills to the coast, the people of Mississippi have stories to tell. Most would never guess that Raleigh, Mississippi, once played host to the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. Over in Okolona, children are told of the man who lived--and died--deep down in a hole and scared passersby. From the gandy dancers who built the first train tracks in Mississippi

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From the hills to the coast, the people of Mississippi have stories to tell. Most would never guess that Raleigh, Mississippi, once played host to the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. Over in Okolona, children are told of the man who lived--and died--deep down in a hole and scared passersby. From the gandy dancers who built the first train tracks in Mississippi to the eight-foot-tall man who lived in the woods of Columbia, read tales that range from common myth to a good bit of righteous gossip. Author and storyteller Diane Williams traveled across the Magnolia State to gather these local legends and has compiled them into an inquisitive, laugh-out-loud collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609499327
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
American Legends
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,305,932
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Diane Williams is an oral historian, performance artist and storyteller living in Mississippi. She is the director of grants for the Mississippi Arts Commission, board member of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Educators and member of the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. She has presented at numerous Mississippi museums and writers' festivals in addition to acting as an enrichment instructor at Millsaps College and Jackson State University.

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