Johnny the Greek: the Antebellum Criminal Character

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

One of the especially odd features of being Greek in modern times is that persons who have no affiliation with Greeks are often identified as Greek.

Embedded as many of these Greek legendary figures are within American history, ignoring them will not make them go away. Knowing who we are/or more correctly who we have been said to be in American and international historical accounts frequently requires coming to terms with these creations. Unintentionally, these pseudo-Greeks offer us considerable insight into …

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