American Experience

Riding the Rails

Season 11, Ep 8, Aired 4/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The subculture of young hobos that sprang up during the Great Depression.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David McCullough

    Presenter

  • Richard Thomas

    Narrator

  • Lexy Lovell

  • Michael Uys

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Gillson Tallentine (a period letter read by the narrator): It was a time when a man could get killed for the shoes he wore - no matter what condition they were in.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode won a Peabody Award.

    Trivia (1)

    • One man recollects arriving in a strange town and unloading an entire load of coal, only to be paid with two tomatoes.

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