A Tall Tale, Author Unknown
ReadOasis Step 2
(Part 2)

The project required about one thousand laborers. It lasted three years. Pay was low and the work was difficult. The workers had to breathe thick black smoke and dust. Hundreds of men became sick. Many died.

John Henry was the strongest and fastest worker in the project. He used a hammer that weighed more than six kilograms. Some people say he was able to cut a path of three to six meters a day.

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