It's not everyday that the true history behind a folk icon is discovered. Scott Reynolds Nelson has done just that in Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry The Untold Story of an American Legend. By using census data, penitentiary reports and railroad company reports Nelson follows the trail of John Henry from jail to the legendary contest with a steam drill. Below we have excerpted the beginning of chapter one.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
OUPblog: Steel Drivin' Man: An Excerpt:
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