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Lunchtime Time Machine: Was the Black railway legend John Henry a real person?

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LeConte Hall, 101

Join another episode of the Lunchtime Time Machine featuring Dr. Scott Reynolds Nelson to explore the myth and legend of John Henry — " Was the Black railway legend John Henry a real person?"

Nelson writes about 19th-century US history including the history of slavery and Reconstruction. He also writes about international finance, the history of science, and global commodities. In his spare time he reads science fiction and drinks too much espresso.

His book, Steel Drivin’ Man (2007), about the life of Black folklore legend John Henry, won four national awards including the National Award for Arts Writing and the Merle Curti Prize for best book in US social history.

Free history, and free pizza. The university community is invited.

This is an FYO event.

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