As opposed to poetry, which I mentioned yesterday...
There is an excellent article at the New Yorker website (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/06/the-hyperlore-of-paul-revere.html) on the history of Paul Revere's Ride. It provides a look at documented history and the evolution (and misuse) of lore.
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