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1950. The Growth of Folklore Courses. Journal of American Folklore 63:345– 359. ——. 1972. The Academic Future of Folklore. In Folklore: Selected Essays. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 295–304. Leach, MacEdward. 1958. Folklore in American Colleges and Universities. Journal of American Folklore (Supplement): 10–11. See also American Studies and Folklore; Canadian Folklore Scholarship; Canadian Studies and Folklore; Folklife Movement; Material Culture American folklore 8 Adirondacks A five-million acre, mountainous region in northeastern New York, bounded on the north by the Canadian border, on the east by Lake Champlain, on the south by the Mohawk River Valley, and on the west by the Saint Lawrence and Black River Valleys.
Contemporary legends and rumors are as common among African Americans as they are within the dominant culture. Some cycles, like the Kentucky Fried Rat and the mouse in the Coke bottle, are well known by both Blacks and Whites. But cycles specific to the concerns of African Americans have evolved and are well contained within the group. Businesses that have unorthodox advertising practices and symbolically charged products are often identified in these legends. The notion that “the government” constructs elaborate anti-Black conspiracies is often promoted.
Degrees in folklore at the University of Oregon are coordinated through its folklore and ethnic studies program, in which master’s students create their own program of study through an individualized program and doctoral students in English or anthropology may elect folklore as an area of concentration. A. D. in English with a folklore and mythology concentration. A concentration in folklore also is available in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. A. D. in American studies with a concentration in traditional material culture—a program that takes advantage of the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Folklife Center, and other museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies in the Washington, DC, area.