A Fascinating Investigation into American History
Published 2008 by National Geographic
Scott Reynolds Nelson went on a search to see if there was a real John Henry that inspired the songs and the legend of the man with the hammer who beat the steam drill in a contest.
|John Henry statue near Talcott, West Virginia|
Nelson does come up with a potential source of the legend, provides a ton of internet resources, including websites to hear versions of the John Henry song and other similar songs, as well as other books. Aronson steps in with a easy-to-read short essay with 6 steps on "How to Be a Historian."
Nice book. Should be in every library.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Ain't Nothing But A Man.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on November 19, 2011.