Oxford University Press, 2006. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. F/F. Item #125519
ISBN 0195300106; B&W Illustrations; 8vo - 8" to 9" tall; Summary: 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. Contents: The search for John Henry --To the White House --Wiseman's grocery --Ward-well --Man versus mountain --The Southern Railway Octopus --Songs people have sung: 1900-1930 --Communist strongman.