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Ain't Nothing but a Man:: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry

Ain't Nothing but a Man:: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
  

Who was the real John Henry? The story of this legendary African - American figure has come down to us in so many songs, stories, and plays, that the facts are often lost. Historian Scott Nelson brings John Henry alive for young readers in his personal quest for the true story of... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781459676107
Published 26 February 2014 by ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Format Paperback, [Large Print]
Author(s) By Aronson, Marc
By Nelson, Scott Reynolds
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ISBN-13 9781459676107
ISBN-10 1459676106
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Imprint ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Publication Date 26 February 2014
International Publication Date 1 February 2014
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Paperback, [Large Print]
Edition [Large Print]
Author(s) By Aronson, Marc
By Nelson, Scott Reynolds
Category History
Number of Pages 170
Dimensions Width: 197mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 5mm
Weight 186g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Who was the real John Henry? The story of this legendary African - American figure has come down to us in so many songs, stories, and plays, that the facts are often lost. Historian Scott Nelson brings John Henry alive for young readers in his personal quest for the true story of the man behind the myth. Nelson presents the famous folk song as a mystery to be unraveled, identifying the embedded clues within the lyrics, which he examines to uncover many surprising truths. He investigates the legend and reveals the real John Henry in this beautifully illustrated book. Nelson's narrative is multilayered, interweaving the story of the building of the railroads, the period of Reconstruction, folk tales, American mythology, and an exploration of the tradition of work songs and their evolution into blues and rock and roll. This is also the story of the author's search for the flesh - and - blood man who became an American folk hero; Nelson gives a first - person account of how the historian works, showing history as a process of discovery. Readers rediscover an African - American folk hero. We meet John Henry, the man who worked for the railroad, driving steel spikes. When the railroad threatens to replace workers with a steam - powered hammer, John Henry bets that he can drive the beams into the ground faster than the machine. He wins the contest, but dies in the effort. Nelson's vibrant text, combined with archival images, brings a new perspective and focus to the life and times of this American legend.

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