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John Henry (Legendary character)

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Works: 178 works in 367 publications in 3 languages and 29,424 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Legends  Fiction  Folklore  Children's films  Drama  Biography  Motion pictures  Animated films  Music 
Classifications: PZ8.1.L434, E
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    John Henry by Julius Lester( Book )
    11 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 3,807 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain--Résumé de l'éditeur
    John Henry, an American legend by Ezra Jack Keats( Book )
    21 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,725 libraries worldwide
    Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand
    John Henry Days : a novel by Colson Whitehead( Book )
    12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,552 libraries worldwide
    E-journalist J. Sutter travels to West Virginia for the first John Henry Days celebration
    Ain't nothing but a man : my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson( Book )
    1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,311 libraries worldwide
    Historian Scott Reynolds Nelson recounts how he came to discover the real John Henry, an African-American railroad worker who became a legend in the famous song
    Disney's American legends ( visu )
    5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,292 libraries worldwide
    Compilation of four animated short films profiling legendary figures in American history. John Henry goes up against a machine with his hammer to help build America's railroads; Casey Jones, the brave engineer delivers the U.S. mail in record-breaking time; Johnny Appleseed plants apple trees across America to benefit the early pioneers; Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack, clears the land for American settlers
    Steel drivin' man : John Henry, the untold story of an American legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson( Book )
    8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,081 libraries worldwide
    "In Steel Drivin' Man, Scott Reynolds Nelson recounts the true story of the man behind the iconic American hero, telling the poignant tale of a young Virginia convict who died working on one of the most dangerous enterprises of the time, the first rail route through the Appalachian Mountains. Using census data, penitentiary reports, and railroad company reports, Nelson reveals how John Henry, victimized by Virginia's notorious Black Codes, was shipped to the infamous Richmond Penitentiary to become prisoner number 497 and was forced to labor on the mile-long Lewis Tunnel for the C & O railroad. Nelson even confirms the legendary contest between John Henry and the steam drill."
    Tall tale ( visu )
    6 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 952 libraries worldwide
    The dynamic Pecos Bill teams with larger-than-life heroes Paul Bunyan and John Henry to help a brave young man in the fight against a greedy land-grabber who'll stop at nothing to get his hands on the deed to the youngster's family farm
    John Henry by Roark Bradford( Book )
    5 editions published between 1931 and 1939 in English and held by 890 libraries worldwide
    John Henry and his hammer by Harold W Felton( Book )
    3 editions published between 1950 and 1965 in English and held by 728 libraries worldwide
    Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand
    John Henry ( visu )
    13 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 716 libraries worldwide
    Tells the legend of John Henry, the mightiest, doggone greatest nation builder the country's ever seen, who single-handedly defeats the steam drill in a steel-driving competition
    The scrambled states of America and more stories to celebrate our country ( visu )
    1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 612 libraries worldwide
    Scrambled states of America: Disenchanted with their fixed places on the map, the states decide to swap spots in hopes that each can get to see a different part of the country and do something different for a change. Full of facts and fun, children will have a geography lesson like never before. This land is your land: America's favorite folk song takes you across our great country and shows how the land was made for you and me! Star-spangled banner: Our flag's broad stripes and bright stars shine in this moving rendition of our national anthem
    A natural man : the true story of John Henry by Steve Sanfield( Book )
    2 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 583 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary steel driver of early railroad days who challenged the steam hammer to a steel-driving contest
    John Henry; tracking down a Negro legend by Guy Benton Johnson( Book )
    10 editions published between 1929 and 1974 in English and held by 569 libraries worldwide
    Martin's big words the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --and more stories from the African-American tradition ( visu )
    3 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 560 libraries worldwide
    Martin's big words: Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one's heart. John Henry: Based on the famous African-American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Seven candles for Kwanzaa: This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community and gratitude for life's bounties
    John Henry by Stephen Krensky( Book )
    3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 522 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
    John Henry; a folk-lore study by Louis W Chappell( Book )
    11 editions published between 1933 and 1989 in English and German and held by 494 libraries worldwide
    Includes several versions of the Afro-American folk-song on which the legend of John Henry is based
    Tall tales & legends ( visu )
    2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 482 libraries worldwide
    Big as a mountain, with arms as big as oak trees, John Henry must prove he can do his job better than a machine
    John Henry by Bill Balcziak( Book )
    2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 402 libraries worldwide
    Presents the life story of John Henry, the African American railroad legend known as the "Steel Driving Man."
    John Henry by Christianne C Jones( Book )
    5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 201 libraries worldwide
    A retelling of the tall tale about John Henry
    John Henry : Roark Bradford's novel and play by Roark Bradford( Book )
    7 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
    Roark Bradford's 1931 novel and 1939 play dealing with the legendary folk-hero John Henry (both titled John Henry) were extremely influential in their own time but have long been unavailable or extremely hard to find. In this unique collection, Steven C.Tracy has joined Bradford's seminal works in a new critical edition to help contextualize both the novel and play, making these vital texts widely available again for scholars of folklore and African American literature. This new volume includes an expansive introduction that explores Bradford's life and work, critical responses to the novel and play, and a survey of John Henry's pervasive influence in folk, literary, and popular culture. It also features a wide array of supplementary materials, including a selected bibliography and discography related to Bradford and John Henry; transcriptions of a number of folksong texts and recordings available during the 1930s; and a chronology of the lives of both Bradford and Henry.As Tracy's introduction makes clear, such a consideration of Bradford--set in the context of writers, both black and white, drawing upon African American folklore and using dialects along with stereotypical and non-stereotypical portrayals--is long overdue. In pairing Bradford's two treatments of the quintessentially American story of John Henry, Tracy has provided the definitive edition of two classic American texts, and in so doing, he provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the various paths by which African American traditions have infiltrated the cultural mainstream
 
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Spanish (2)
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