Steel Drivin' Man

Steel Drivin' Man

John Henry, the Untold Story of An American Legend

eBook - 2006
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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 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 App.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (214 pages) : illustrations, maps

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