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Steel drivin' man : John Henry, the untold story of an American legend

Author: Scott Reynolds Nelson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ballad "John Henry" is the most recorded folk song in American history and John Henry--the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a steam drill--is a towering figure in our culture. But for over a century, no one knew who the original John Henry was--or even if there was a real John Henry. In Steel Drivin' Man, Scott Reynolds Nelson recounts the true story of the man behind the iconic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Local history
Music
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Nelson, Scott Reynolds.
Steel drivin' man.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006045346
(OCoLC)69021073
Named Person: John William Henry; John William Henry; Scott Reynolds Nelson; John Henry, (Legendary character); John Henry, (Legendary character); John William Henry; Scott Reynolds Nelson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Reynolds Nelson
ISBN: 142942043X 9781429420433 9780198041047 0198041047 1280846119 9781280846113
OCLC Number: 76922233
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (214 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The search for John Henry --
To the White House --
Wiseman's grocery --
Ward-well --
Man versus mountain --
The Southern Railway Octopus --
Songs people have sung: 1900-1930 --
Communist strongman.
Responsibility: Scott Reynolds Nelson.

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