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John Henry (Legendary character)

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Works: 174 works in 356 publications in 3 languages and 28,832 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Legends  Fiction  Folklore  Music  Biography  Drama  Local history  History  Psychological fiction 
Classifications: PZ8.1.L434, E
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Most widely held works about John Henry (Legendary character)
    John Henry by Julius Lester( Book )
    10 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 3,848 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
    John Henry, an American legend by Ezra Jack Keats( Book )
    17 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in English and held by 2,625 libraries worldwide
    Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born with and who died with a hammer in his hand
    Steel drivin' man : John Henry, the untold story of an American legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson( file )
    9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,187 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."
    John Henry Days : a novel by Colson Whitehead( Book )
    14 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,686 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 1,326 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 1,319 libraries worldwide
    The legends that inspired a country with classic stories of great American heroes
    Tall tale ( visu )
    5 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 958 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 Roark Bradford's novel and play by Roark Bradford( file )
    7 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 908 libraries worldwide
    Introduction. Bibliography for introduction. Discography of recordings echoing the folk tradition in the novel. Transcriptions of versions of the folk songs. John Henry folk song bibliography. John Henry bibliography, 1932-Present. John Henry folk song discography, 1921-1931. Roark Bradford Bibliography. Reviews of the novel. Reviews of the play. Roark Bradford Chronology. John Henry: the novel _. I. The Birth of John Henry. II. Coonjine. III. The Black River Country. IV. V. VI. Back of Town. VII. Julie Anne. VIII. Fourteen-Thirty-Six. IX. Woman on My Weary Mind. X. Poor Selma. XI. Stacker Lee
    John Henry by Roark Bradford( Book )
    5 editions published between 1931 and 1939 in English and held by 902 libraries worldwide
    John Henry by Christianne C Jones( Book )
    9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 772 libraries worldwide
    A retelling of the tall tale about John Henry
    John Henry ( visu )
    14 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 762 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
    John Henry and his hammer by Harold W Felton( Book )
    3 editions published between 1950 and 1965 in English and held by 737 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 by Stephen Krensky( Book )
    3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain
    The scrambled states of America and more stories to celebrate our country ( visu )
    1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 618 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
    John Henry; tracking down a Negro legend by Guy Benton Johnson( Book )
    10 editions published between 1929 and 1974 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
    A natural man : the true story of John Henry by Steve Sanfield( Book )
    1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
    Retells the life of the legendary steel driver of early railroad days who challenged the steam hammer to a steel-driving contest
    Martin's big words the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --and more stories from the African-American tradition ( visu )
    2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 509 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; a folk-lore study by Louis W Chappell( Book )
    13 editions published between 1933 and 1989 in English and German and held by 499 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 409 libraries worldwide
    Presents the life story of John Henry, the African American railroad legend known as the "Steel Driving Man."
 
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