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Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression Errol Lincoln Uys

Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression

Errol Lincoln Uys

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ISBN : 9781135942243
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336 pages
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During the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers left their homes and hopped freight trains crisscrossing the United States. They were looking for work and adventure- some wanted to leave their homes, and some had to. They grew up in speedingMoreDuring the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers left their homes and hopped freight trains crisscrossing the United States. They were looking for work and adventure- some wanted to leave their homes, and some had to. They grew up in speeding boxcars, living in hobo jungles, begging on the streets, and running from the police and club-wielding railroad guards.The restless youth of these boxcar boys and girls, many who went from middle-class gentility to dirt poor overnight, is recaptured in Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression. Whether as runaways or with blessings of parents, these boys and girls hit the road and went in search of a better life.Illustrated with rare archival photos and drawing primarily on letters and oral histories of three thousand men and women who hopped freight trains, Riding the Rails brings to life a neglected saga of America in the 1930s. Self-reliance, compassion, frugality, and a love of freedom and country are at the heart of the lessons these teens learned. At journeys end, the resilience of these survivors is a testament of the indomitable strength of the human spirit.