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04 August 2008

224 Pages | 35 halftones

ISBN: 9780195341195

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Steel Drivin' Man

John Henry, The Untold Story of an American Legend

Scott Reynolds Nelson

  • "John Henry" is the most recorded folk song in American history -- there are hundreds of version of the John Henry Ballad, it is routinely taught to American schoolchildren -- the song is enormously popular.
  • Winner of the National Award for Arts Writing
  • Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf prize
  • Author Scott Nelson made the discovery that the fabled John Henry was a real young man and has lectured extensively about the discovery, serving as an on-air consultant for two forthcoming documentaries on John Henry.