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November 13, 2005

John Henry

Apparently, I never pressed publish on this entry and just pressed draft on it. John Henry was a typical heroine story. He was a hero to everyone (blue collar workers), he gave the people hope. Was he a martyr? Definitely, he died for what he believed in. It was ironic that he beat the machine and then died after beating it. Was John Henry real?? I think he's only real to people that needed hope and for others who dont need hope he is just a fictional character created to instill hope.

Posted by MeredithBenson at November 13, 2005 2:21 PM


Great point about Henry being a martyr. It is a stretch, but I can believe that he absolutely died for something he believed in: to be a great American worker. He is a representation to the beliefs of man, which could definitely make him a martyr. My main issue is the lack of appreciation for this man before he battles the steel driving machine. The only person who stands for John Henry is his wife. I'm sure that some would stand for John Henry, but nobody simply had the guts to back him up. Everyone seemed to have just let the industry take over. Shame Shame...

Posted by: Jason Pugh at November 14, 2005 1:06 PM

I definitely agree with you Jay. That's how people are. I think that they didnt orginally back him because they thought maybe if they went along with things that then maybe they would be one of the ones who would still have a job after the industry took over. John is thinking about everyone else and himself and i think when the people arent backing him up is because they are thinking about themselves and their jobs!

Posted by: Meredith Benson at November 17, 2005 2:08 PM