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Ain't nothing but a man : my quest to find the real John Henry

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

National Geographic, Washington, D.C., p.64 (2008)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr E185.97 .H455 N445 2008

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/7823315

Keywords:

1847?-ca. 1875, 1847?-ca. 1875--Homes and haunts, African Americans--Biography, African Americans--Biography--Juvenile literature, Henry, Henry, John William, 1847?-ca. 1875, John Henry (Legendary character), John William, Nelson, Railroad construction workers--Biography, Railroad construction workers--United States--Biography--Juvenile literature, Scott Reynolds--Travel--Southern States, Southern States--Description and travel

Abstract:

Contents: Stuck -- Scavenger -- Who were the 40,000 missing men? -- Following the clues in the song about John Henry -- Big Bend -- Breakthrough -- On trial -- The contest -- The trackliners speak -- Appendices.; Summary: 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.

Notes:

Lexile measure 1030; Ages 10-14; Book level 6.6