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

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by Mark Wyman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0809054914

ISBN-13: 9780809054916

Pub. Date: 04/26/2011

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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

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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 men—and women and children—were 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809054916
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Maps viii

Introduction 3

1 Great Expectations 9

2 "Wheat Farms and Hoboes Go Together" 25

3 The Western Hobo 42

4 "Labor Shortage Menace" in the Northwest 60

5 The Northwest Becomes an Orchard 82

6 Hoboes Battling Forest Fires 100

7 King Cotton Moves West 113

8 The "Cotton West" Reaches Arizona 140

9 "Beeters" 170

10 The California Garden 199

11 Mexicans, Wobblies, War 228

12 Arrival of the "Gasoline Tramps" 257

Notes 277

Acknowledgments 321

Index 323

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Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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