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Man vs. History: Steel Drivin' John Henry (S1EP2 History Tues 27 Jul 2021)

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Steel Drivin' John Henry: Great American folk tales have been passed down for generations, often through word of mouth. While many of the stories snowball into legends over the years, most contain at least a kernel of truth. Bil tries to find that truth as he explores the claim that John Henry out-drilled a steam-powered drill, uncovers if Johnny Appleseed is truly responsible for all our delicious apples, and checks if a mythical cowboy really rode a cougar and wielded a rattlesnake as his lasso.

Airdate: Tues 27 Jul 2021 at 22:03 on History

Season 1 Episode 2

Man vs. History is a new HISTORY Channel series that follows acclaimed storyteller and local historian Bil Lepp as he travels off the beaten path across the country to discover the truth behind mysteries and legends of American history. Each episode sees Bil investigate, decode and debunk iconic subjects and figures like Billy the Kid, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Houdini and more. Whether speaking to experts, handling artifacts or testing historical weapons, Bil will work to determine if the story in question was fact, fiction or somewhere in-between.