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Copy of Hobos In The Great Depression
Transcript of Copy of Hobos In The Great Depression
Their original name was hoe boys because they would carry a hoe or a shovel around looking for work.
Hobo: A homeless and penniless man who travels looking for work.
During the Great Depression there were about half a million teenage boys and girls running away from home and riding the rails.
Boxcar boys and girls left home looking for adventure and jobs. Many of them left broken homes where they thought they were a burden to their families or orphanages.
Every year, thousands of hobos were killed or injured trying to board a moving train.
Death by Train
Some hobos would be thrown off the trains by the slightest turn or would suffocate by the smoke trapped in tunnels.
Hobos called police railroad bulls.
The police would wait for the trains to
arrive and would arrest thousands of hobos
Mulligan Stew: Whatever you had or brought was thrown in a pot and stirred together.
They would steal chicken, fruits and vegetables from wealthy families.
If you sat through an entire church service at the missions, then you would be fed a meal at the end.
Hobo jungles were camps in the woods to hide, sleep, eat, and rest.
Motels for Hobos
Some lived under railroad bridges, near fields, or city dumps.
They built homes out of cardboard, brush iron, cloths,and other scraps
They created signs to warn or help each other
They would rarely get into any kind of relationship because women wanted nothing to do with them
Many would die from deadly diseases like pneumonia
Hobos would use scraps and twigs to make hobo art like cups or toys and sell it to wealthy people.
They would walk around neighborhoods asking if they could do work for a meal or a little change.
They were unskilled people but resourceful.
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