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Thread #4018 Message #21290
Posted By: Bruce O.
12-Feb-98 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: John Henry
Subject: RE: The origins of john Henry
Bill above is along the right track. Norm Cohen in 'The Long Steel Rail', p. 574-6, 1981, discusses the various theories, and says he can't be confident of the answers. He cites many early song copies including recordings and the work of all those mentioned above. (It may or may not have grown out of some version of "Nine Pound Hammer").