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, by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson, published by National Geographic Children's Books.   A compassionate historian tracks the story of the real John Henry behind the folk song legend and uses John Henry's story to illuminate the lives of the 40,000 African American men who laid tracks for the railroads in the 1800's. Powerful photographs, maps and songs are used to raise questions about incarceration, forced labor, racism and the need to listen to the voices of those unjustly silenced.Honor Book for Older Children, 2009.


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