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John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell

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Subject: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 06:31 PM

Hi,

I've just put John Henry: A Folk-Lore Study by Louis Chappell, 1932 on my site here: http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/john-henry-a-folk-lore-study--louis-chappell-1932.aspx

There are a number of texts and I've included commentary and images from my painting of John Henry. Here's the the Intro: http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/introduction--chappell-1932.aspx

The texts are found in the Appendix: http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/appendix-texts--chappell-1932.aspx

Chappell's book (1932) followed Guy Johnson's (1929) and both men concluded that the event took place in the Big Bend Tunnel in West Virginia. The painting is based on the Alabama origin detailed by John Garst who helped me with the painting. Both Johnson and Chappell mention the Alabama origin but neither took the time to investigate it properly.

Richie


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: mg
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 07:19 PM

awesome picture.


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 03:05 AM

fascinating


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 08:49 AM

Thanks, Richie. An online must.

How about Johnson?


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 11:09 AM

The best book that I have read on John Henry was published much more recently in 2006 by Oxford University Press:
Steel Drivin' Man - John Henry - The untold story of an American Legend written by Scott Reynolds Nelson.

Great detective work which would appear to have uncovered the person who was John Henry.

Don't miss it.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 06:02 PM

Thanks for the replies,

I'm waiting for John Garst to finish his book, I've been out of touch for a year or so.

John, if you read this- how's the book coming?

Richie


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: Lighter
Date: 04 Sep 14 - 06:04 PM

Garst's book should be the most meticulous and persuasive of all.


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 03:35 PM


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Jim Hauser
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 03:41 PM

I was in touch a while ago with John Garst and he said that the book has been completed. I believe that was about six months ago. I just checked Amazon.com and didn't find it so it may still be a ways off from publication.
Jim


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Jim Hauser
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 10:08 AM

Has anybody heard anything lately about John Garst's book dealing with his John Henry research? I'm afraid he may have passed away without having had his book published.


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 03:29 PM

Strange, but from information on this site, it would appear Prof. Garst's work was published in 2002. Unless I'm reading it wrong.

Another book, or possibly, a revision of a work previously published?


Jay


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 03:33 PM

Information from the Net also indicates that John Garst is still alive, age 87.


Jay


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Sep 19 - 05:26 PM

Regrettably, WorldCat reveals no book on JH by Garst.

An article by Garst on JH (with a reply by Scott Nelson) is here:

https://tinyurl.com/y2ozdc5r


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 11:36 AM

John Garst did publish an article in 2002 (see citation below), but he also was working on a book dealing with his research on John Henry. I was in touch with him about 4 or 5 years ago and he definitely told me that he had completed his book and was submitting it for publication. Since it hasn't been published and I see no sign of him discussing his research on the internet, I fear that he may have passed away or for some reason is no longer working on or no longer able to work on his project.


"Chasing John Henry in
Alabama and Mississippi: A Personal Memoir of Work in
Progress" Tributaries: Journal of the Alabama Folklife
Association (2002) 5: 92–129.

Garst believes that he has identified the historical figure behind the ballad. His claim is opposed by Scott Reynolds Nelson who has identified a different person as the man behind the ballad. Reynolds published a book titled Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend.

I don't have an opinion as to whether either man is correct, but I hope that Garst's book will eventually be published.


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Jim Hauser
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 02:25 PM

I just came across this article on a John Henry event which took place in Leeds, Alabama in August 2019. It shows that John Garst was sceduled to be there and is the author of "John Henry and His People." But I can't find it in Amazon or Worldcat, or by Googling it.


https://www.newsaegis.com/community/make-plans-now-to-attend-historic-john-henry-celebration-leeds/article_44496682-d32f-11e9-937e-8be598ee2822.html


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: Chris Amos
Date: 16 Sep 19 - 05:04 AM

Jim,

It seems we in Europe are not allowed to read this article for data protection reasons. Get this -

451: Unavailable due to legal reasons
We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact editor@newsaegis.com or call 205-884-2310.

Chris


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 16 Sep 19 - 08:00 AM

Make Plans Now to Attend Historic John Henry Celebration & Leeds Fall Festival
Dona Bonnett Sep 9, 2019
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Make plans now to bring the whole family to the John Henry Celebration & Leeds Fall Festival in historic downtown Leeds, Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission, activities and parking are completely free to the public.

The Alabama Tourism Department previously named this festival one of the top 10 tourism events in Alabama during the month of September.

Previously known as the Leeds Downtown Folk Festival, the name was changed to better reflect the event's purpose of promoting Leeds and bringing people to historic downtown Leeds on the third weekend of September.

According to Fall Festival planning committee, the outdoor event will feature great food, a variety of live music on multiple stages, entertainment, art, a car show and lots of activities for children, young people and those young at heart.

And, after a several year hiatus, this year's festival will feature two free performances of the original play by Marie Cromer about John Henry, "Listen to that Cold Steel Ring" on Sept. 21 at Leeds Theatre and Arts Center. Henry, an African-American railroad man, is believed to have entered a winning contest against a steam drill and saved hundreds of jobs as the company he worked for blasted tunnels through mountains south of Leeds in the 1880s.

Activities at Leeds historic railroad depot will include a John Henry short film and African-American Gospel Choirs featuring Birmingham Youth Fellowship Choir. Tours of the Depot will be provided by the Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. The Historical Society Stagecoach will be on display. John Garst, Author of “John Henry and His People,” is scheduled for a discussion time. The John Henry statue project with Branko Medenica, famous Sculptor, will be featured with his John Henry statue rendering. A Children’s Art display will also depict the era.

Folk and country singers are scheduled on the gazebo stage throughout the day including Erica Ryleigh, Miss Leeds Area Charity Bowden, Brooks & Stegall and Gabriel Atkins. Other activities include Professional Storyteller Elizabeth Vander Kamp, Alabama 200 Bicentennial speaker Guy Hubbs, roaming street musicians and the High Striker competition for children and adults. There will be plenty of kid’s activities like the kids moonwalk and games. The Disney American Legends animated movie,” John Henry,” will show at the library every 15 minutes for a couple of hours. Craft, food and entertainment vendors will line the street on Parkway Drive. A dining and resting tent will be available on Parkway. Rails and Ales will have transport available for those who want to watch football games. Dixie Vintage Antique Automobile Club will lead the way with the car show.

It’s definitely a jammed packed day of fun, inspiration and historical education that you will not want to miss and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about John Henry, the folk hero.

Sponsorships and street vendors are still being accepted. This free event is sponsored by the City of Leeds, Leeds Redevelopment Authority, Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Cement Company and Brunson, Barnett & Sherrer, PC.

Leeds is conveniently located about 15 miles east of Birmingham, 45 miles west of Anniston and 60 miles southwest of Gadsden. The festival site in historic downtown Leeds is only two miles south of I-20 Exit 140. Locals and visitors alike are invited. Bring a folding chair and stay all day!

For more information about this spectacular event and entertainment/event schedules, please visit www.LeedsJohnHenryCelebration.org. If you would like to speak to a festival organizer, please contact Stephanie Corwin with Leeds Redevelopment Authority at 205-601-0772 or Stephanie.LeedsRDA@gmail.com.


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Subject: RE: John Henry: A Folklore Study- Chappell
From: GUEST,Jim Hauser
Date: 16 Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

Chris,
Just for clarification, Gerry posted the article which I referenced. John Garst is mentioned in the sixth paragraph which includes the following:

" John Garst, Author of “John Henry and His People,” is scheduled for a discussion time."


Thanks Gerry.

Jim


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