Hoboes Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|ï¿½Wheat Farms and Hoboes Go Togetherï¿½|
|The Western Hobo|
|ï¿½Labor Shortage Menaceï¿½ in the Northwest|
|The Northwest Becomes an Orchard|
|Hoboes Battling Forest Fires|
|King Cotton Moves West|
|The ï¿½Cotton Westï¿½ Reaches Arizona|
|The California Garden|
|Mexicans, Wobblies, War|
|Arrival of the ï¿½Gasoline Trampsï¿½|