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All or Nothing by Elizabeth Adler
American Ballads and Folk Songs by John A. Lomax
American Favorite Ballads: Tunes and Songs as Sung by Pete Seeger by Pete Seeger
American Negro Songs: 230 Folk Songs and Spirituals, Religious and Secular (Dover Books on Music) by John W. Work
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
American Tall Tales (Puffin Books) by Adrien Stoutenburg
The Diary of William Maclay and Other Notes on Senate Debates (Volume 9) by United States Congress
Faber Book of Ballads by Matthew Hodgart
Fireside Book of Folk Songs by Margaret Bradford Boni
Folk Music : A Regional Exploration by Norm Cohen
Folk Songs from the West Virginia Hills by Patrick W. Gainer
Folk Songs of the World Gathered from More Than One Hundred Countries... [Everybody's Favorite Series No. 133] by Charles Haywood
Folksongs of Florida (Florida Sand Dollar Book) by Alton C. Morris
I Hear America Singing! ; Great Songs From The Revolution to Rock by Hazel Arnett
Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs by Richard Polenberg
The Heritage Book of Ballads by MacEdward Leach
John Henry by Roark Bradford
John Henry (Picture Puffins) by Julius Lester
John Henry, a bio-bibliography by Brett Williams
John Henry, a folk-lore study by Louis W. Chappell
John Henry: Steel-Driving Man (Folk Tales of America series) by Corinne J. Naden
Larger Than Life by Robert D. San Souci
The Leadbelly Songbook by Leadbelly
Long Steel Rail by Norm Cohen
Negro Folk Music, U.S.A. by Harold Courlander
Negro workaday songs by Howard Washington Odum
One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear
Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads by John A. Lomax
The Penguin Book of Ballads by Geoffrey Grigson
The Shadow Conspiracy II by Phyllis Irene Radford
Singa hipsy doodle, and other folk songs of West Virginia by Marie Boette
Singing Family of the Cumberlands by Jean Ritchie
Skiddoo! by George V. Hobart
A song catcher in southern mountains; American folk songs of British ancestry by Dorothy Scarborough
Southern Folk Ballads by W. K. McNeil
Superman Vol. 2: Return to Glory by Gene Luen Yang
Superman: The Final Days of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi
A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Recollections, Legends, Tales, Songs, Religious B by Harold Courlander
A Treasury of American Folklore by B. A. Botkin
A Treasury of North American Folktales by Catherine Peck

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John Henry: Legendary character in the folk song of the same name. A railroad worker, his claim to fame was that he beat a steam drill in a drilling contest -- but pushed himself so hard that he died in the process. Many attempts have been made to find the "real" John Henry. Typically his exploit is located on the C & O Big Bend Tunnel in West Virginia, but John Garst has recently offered strong evidence that the John Henry legend began with (John) Henry Dabney of Alabama. Whoever inspired it, the song "John Henry" is one of the best-known of all American folk songs, and has even inspired several novels and dramatizations.

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