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Thread #4018   Message #61428
Posted By: Steve Parkes
05-Mar-99 - 10:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: John Henry
Subject: RE: The origins of john Henry
The story of the man who beats the machine that's replacing him seems to be fairly common in Britain in this century. It's usually the "little" man, rather than the hero; postmen seem to be a particular favourite, for some reason - out-sorting the expensive new sorting machine. I've no idea whether there's a conscious awareness of the John Henry story on the part of the authors, but I suspect it's a motif that goes back a lot further in history and culture. (Not that I'm any expert!)