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Scott Reynolds Nelson

Steel Drivin’ Man: The Untold Story of an American Legend

Oxford University Press

2007 Nonfiction

Steel Drivin’ Man, The Untold Story of an American Legend
Scott Reynolds Nelson is the Leslie and Naomi Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary.

Steel Drivin' Man, which explores the real life and legend of railway hero John Henry, received the Merle Curti Prize for best hook in U.S. social and cultural history from the Organization of American Historians and the National Award for Arts Writing. The book received widespread coverage in publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Weekly. His research was featured on the cover of the Chronicle of Higher Education and has been given prominence on the History Channel. 

Nelson is the author of the 1999 work Iron Confederacies: Southern Railways, Klan Violence, and Reconstruction and is the co-author of the recently published A People At, War: Civilians and Soldiers In America's Civil War. He is currently working on a children's book, Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry, with co-author Marc Aronson. 

He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Scott Reynolds Nelson Tackles America's Debt History In Latest Book

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   2007 winner Scott Reynolds Nelson's latest book gives a thorough rundown of America's history with debt—a history that is as old as our country. In "A Nation of Deadbeats," Nelson describes us as a nation of "dreamers and defaulters." His timing could not be better, as our nation deals with the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. In the video above, he talks about some of the themes in his book, as well as the good things that have come from our debt, including... Read More →
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