The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel

…legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named…

Pedal Power

…a tall tale. Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried secretly by the Richmond Penitentiary….

Last Days of the Confederacy

…the male friendships that formed in Civil War prison camps. Historian Scott Nelson (William & Mary) says many Union prisoners formed into loving couples in order to care for each…

The Steel-Driving Man – related media

Scott Nelson on the ‘usefulness’ of songs like “John Henry”:[audio:http://withgoodreasonradio.org/vfhradio-audio/wgr/2008/11/nelson-work-songs.mp3]…

Is This Place Great or What?

…and of dramatic financial panics that defined the nation and created its political parties. Scott Nelson (College of William and Mary) is the author of A Nation of Deadbeats, a…

Civil War Sound

…affected several key command decisions. Historian Scott Nelson (William & Mary) looks at the connection between the railroads and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the Reconstruction South….