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Riding the Rails

Bud, Not Buddy, chapter 8

elayne anderson

on 16 November 2011

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Transcript of Riding the Rails

"We thought it was the magic carpet...
the click of the rails...romance."

"The end of the rainbow was always
somewhere else and it kept us moving."

"Most of all I remember the loneliness.
More than once I cried. I felt so sad,
so utterly alone."
Riding the Rails
The teenagers riding the rails during the Great Depression accounted for 1/16 (250,000) of a jobless army that numbered four million.
In 1932, Southern Pacific agents ejected 683,457 trespassers from the company's trains. The price of trespassing on the rails was high: The Interstate Commerce Commission recorded 5,962 trespassers killed and injured in the first 10 months of 1932.
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