Mudcat Café message #3672411 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150708   Message #3672411
Posted By: GUEST
27-Oct-14 - 11:03 AM
Thread Name: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Subject: RE: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Don,
I used to get defensive when people didn't agree with my ideas about "John Henry." But I've finally come to the realization that people who don't agree with me are actually doing what needs to be done. I want people to debate the issue and at least entertain the possibility that race may have something to do with the legend. As I noted before, Lawrence Levine and Alan Dundes have suggested the possibility, but, as far as I can tell, nobody has actually spent much time exploring that possibility. Maybe some folks out there in the folk music/folklore/academic world have come across things about the legend that have puzzled them that might make sense if looked at from a different perspective.