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Riding the rails : teenagers on the move during the Great Depression

Author: Errol Lincoln Uys
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2003.
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Through letters and photographs, profiles teenagers who hopped the freight trains during the Great Depression in order to find adventure, seek employment, or escape poverty.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Errol Lincoln Uys
ISBN: 0415945755 9780415945752 9780203497807 0203497805
OCLC Number: 51022580
Notes: Originally published: New York : TV Books, ©2000.
Description: 303 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Army of children on the loose --
Rugged individualists --
When school was out --
I knew I'd made a mistake --
Wrong side of the tracks --
In harm's way --
Bitter harvest --
New deal for youth --
Catching out: Camelot crashed and burned --
There was never any money --
Go fend for yourself --
Scenery bums --
Boxcar girls --
Hopping their first freight --
Interviews: John Fawcett, 1936 --
Arvel Pearson, 1930-42 --
Phoebe Eaton DeHart, 1938 --
Hard travelin': Face into the wind --
Fellow travelers --
Danger ahead --
See America first-travel by rail --
Black road kids --
Bulls --
Interviews: Rene Champion, 1937-41 --
Clarence Lee, 1929-31 --
Tiny Boland, 1934 --
Hitting the stem: Hoover's prodigal children --
Hungry times --
Hallelujah, I'm a bum --
Kindness of strangers --
Have pity on the boy --
Good place for a handout --
Mean streets --
In the jailhouse --
Bughouse hotel --
Jungle --
Interviews: James San Jule, 1930-32 --
Jan van Hee, 1937-38 --
Clydia Williams, 1932-35 --
Way out: Looking for work --
Fire fighters --
Keep on moving --
For richer, for poorer --
Vagrant ambition --
Harvest tramps --
Cotton pickers --
Tree army --
Last ride --
End of an era --
Rite of passage --
Lessons of the road --
Interviews: Charley Bull, 1930 --
Jim Mitchell, 1933 --
Robert Symmonds, 1934-42 --
References --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Errol Lincoln Uys.
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