Catfish at the Pump: Humor and the Frontier
Here's a collection of the kind of humor that softened the hardships of pioneering on the Great Plains. Folklorist and humorist Roger Welsch has proven abundantly that the art of storytelling was practiced diligently by our plains ancestors.
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Foreword and Introduction
Just Summer and Winter
Catfish at the Pump
Sons of the West
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