Hoboes Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West

ISBN-10: 0809054914

ISBN-13: 9780809054916

Edition: 2011

Authors: Mark Wyman

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When the railroad stretched its steel rails across the American West in the 1870s, it opened up a vast expanse of territory. Agriculture quickly followed the railroads, making way for Kansas wheat and Colorado sugar beets and Washington apples. With this new agriculture came an unavoidable need for harvest workers. These were not the year-round hired hands but transients who would show up to harvest the crop and then leave when the work was finished. Variously called bindlestiffs, fruit tramps, hoboes, and bums, these menand women and childrenwere vital to the creation of the West and its economy. Amazingly, it is an aspect of Western history that has never been told. In Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West, the award-winning historian Mark Wyman offers a detailed, deeply sympathetic portrait of the lives of these hoboes, as well as a fresh look at the settling and development of the American West.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Maps
Introduction
Great Expectations
�Wheat Farms and Hoboes Go Together�
The Western Hobo
�Labor Shortage Menace� in the Northwest
The Northwest Becomes an Orchard
Hoboes Battling Forest Fires
King Cotton Moves West
The �Cotton West� Reaches Arizona
�Beeters�
The California Garden
Mexicans, Wobblies, War
Arrival of the �Gasoline Tramps�
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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