Riding the Rails of The Great Depression
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Riding the Rails of The Great Depression
The study of the homeless during the great depression.
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My Riding The Rails Report for The Great Depression Era.
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My Historical iMovie for the Great Depression Era.

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Website of Today #2

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The number of homeless people in the U.S. remained steady last year, underscoring just how much work needs to be done to actually lower the number of people living on the streets.
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This gives 5 easy ways you can help homeless people. There is one so simple you could do it at school. Comfort the homeless kids.

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Primary Document #2

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Some hobos helped other ones out without ever seeing them. These signs were carved on fences or anywhere near the home. This allowed the hobo coming to see if they could get a handout and see what kind of person they are.

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At the height of the Great Depression, a quarter of a million teenagers joined the ranks of the army of migratory idle roaming across America riding freight trains or hitchhiking.
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When kids and teens are hobos, you know its bad. This tells about how people would reach out and help hobos. They knew hobos were like them, only they got screwed over due to the depression. Some people gave what they could afford to give.

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Historical Website #1

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This website gives an in depth look into Hoovervilles. Hoovervilles were homeless encampments. There were thousands around the country.

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Vocabulary List

1. Hoovervillle- A shanty town built by unemployed and homeless during the great depression.

The man was the leader of the Hooverville further down the road.

2. Leftwing- The liberal, socialist, or radical section of a political party or system.

Their rights were protected by many leftwing organizations.

3. Bulls- Hired thugs meant to keep hobos out of freight trains.

I saw the bulls carefully watch and inspect the train, looking for any signs of life.

4. Hijack- Illegally seized in transit and forced to go a different direction.

When I was driving down the road, a bunch of thugs beat me and hijacked my car.

5. Freight Train- A train that is transporting goods.

The hobo lept onto the freight train as it drove out of view of the Bulls.

6. Transient- A person who is staying in a place only for a short time.

On my way to school I saw a transient who was begining to pack up and leave.

7. Crock- An earthworn pot or jar.

The lady gave us a crock full of milk, which later turned foul.

8. Hitchhiker- A person who traveled by getting free rides in passing vehicles.

The hitchhiker looked safe enough, so I let him in my car.

9. Vigilantes- A member of a self-appointed group of citizens that take law enforcement in their own community without legal authority.

The recently established Hooverville was ran down by a group of vigilantes.

10. Downtrodden-Opressed or treated badly by people in power.

The downtrodden hobo came in and told us his story.

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Website of Today #1

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No population has their human and civil rights so casually and routinely trampled as do homeless Americans.
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This gives things that America does and has done to its homeless. I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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Primary Document #1

Documentary on boxcar jumpers. Directed by Michael Uys
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This shows the dangers of boxcart travel. What hobos had to do and what happened if it wasn't done right. It also shows what was waiting for them if they got caught.

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Historical Website #2

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Hitching a ride wasn't as easy as it seems. There were bulls and policemen who were working to stop hobos from hitching a free ride. Hobos would usually wait somewhere until the train passed by and was still attempting to pick up speed. They would grab on and hoist themselves up. It was dangerous however, some lost their legs and lives.

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