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John Henry

13 minutes 42 seconds

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Part of the "American Tall Tales & Legends" series. Born a slave in West Virginia nearly 140 years ago lived a man who represented laborers whose lives were changed because of the evolution of machines. Although many literary accounts describe the life of John Henry differently, the tale of this mighty railroad builder is forever captured in the American spirit.

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Illustration of a person in a covered wagon driving through an area forested in a variety of trees. Caption: inspired John Chapman to travel in that very direction himself.
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Episode 1
15 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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Episode 4
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