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Posted By: GUEST,Jim Hauser
27-Oct-14 - 11:22 AM
Thread Name: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Subject: RE: rebellion and protest in John Henry
Don, I somehow mistakenly posted my previous message as "GUEST."

One thing I want to bring out is that I have my doubts about the legend having originated as a result of John Henry entering a contest with the steamdrill to save his job. I believe that John Garst--who has been researching the legend for many years--posted a message on this forum looking for evidence of where this idea originated. If I remember correctly, he stated that this explanation for the legend does not appear in either Louis Chappell's book on John Henry which was published in 1933 or in Guy B. Johnson's book which was published in 1929. I'm not saying that saving jobs is not a valid interpretation, but that it was something which appears to have been attached to the legend at a later time.
Jim Hauser