I'd do pecos bill here, but there is literally nothing on the web.
nor johnny appleseed...
Looks like America's icons are largely unadulterated...
the Victorian heart of America --
our own childhood heroes are asexual, untainted by sexual allusions.
Somehow, I feel good about that, and sad, too --
because it means we solidified, and yet are generating no modern heroes,
who can only emerge in our culture when we "humanize" the old ones.
I was citing a recent historian, whose study was published here at Illinois,
on the real outcomes of the battle of the Alamo --
such as how the real Davy Crockett died -- not in defense of the fort --
but, perhaps, at the hands of a Santa Ana firing squad, after pleading for his life.
My brothers (!!!) were appalled that I would attack an American icon, a legendary hero.
I said, there is a vast gulf between history (what happened) and legend --
if you prefer the legend, that's fine -- but you ought to know this truth:
when it is too good to be true, it probably isn't true.
Heroes are like that -- heroic only in the legendary sense, as Homer made them.