About this Project
John Henry The Steel Driving Man was created by four graduate students at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are:
The project was completed for Paul Jones' Cyberpublishing &
Cybercasting class within the School of Journalism and Mass
This site is intended to provide a sweeping introduction to the legend of
John Henry, the facts associated with the man, and the meaning of some
of the many versions of the songs about him.
It is also an objective of this site to provide a sampling of the music
available within the John Henry genre.
Many thanks to Jeremy Jones who was a valuable resource at the Southern
Folklife Collection within the
Manuscripts Department at the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is
a wealth of knowledge and we are indepted to him for the music that
appears on this site. Also, thanks to Geoff Edgers for his music analysis
We would also like to thank Mr. Wayne Arrington for his photo contributions (some of them can be seen
on this page). We hope to add
all of his pictures to the site in the next few weeks.
Finally, we would like to thank Paul Jones for his help and guidance
through out this project.
July 11, 2002 - Big thanks to Bob Cram for the new design! Yay!