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Steel Drivin' Man by Scott Reynolds Nelson
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Jun 16, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Americans, History buffs, mythical legends

Reynolds using the John Henry American Myth to unite American industrial, social and ethical consciousness in one brilliant study. This book is about more than trying to unearth a man behind a legend -- although Reynolds asserts to literally do just that -- it explains how the nexus of reconstruction, railroad construction, and southern resurrection affected American culture and stratified the nation in several ways: ultimately giving birth to the industrial revolution, the civil rights conflicts and perhaps rock and roll. John Henry is a microcosm of American History -- with a theme song. Fantastic book.

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