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John Henry Soft Cover Book

John Henry Soft Cover Book


John Henry was known as the strongest, fastest, and most powerful man working on the railroad. When the railroad brought in a steam drill to speed up the work of drilling through a tunnel, it was said that the steam drill could drill faster than any man. As the story goes, John Henry went up against the steam drill to prove that he could drill a hole through the rock farther and faster than the drill could, “man against machine.” Using two 10-pound hammers, he pounded the drill so fast and so hard that he drilled a 14-foot hole into the rock. John Henry beat the steam drill, but the story has been told in numerous versions. 

-Soft cover book

-34 pages

- By Julius Lester & pictures by Jerry Pinkney

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