Riding the rails Essay

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riding the rails




Riding the Rails


The Depression caused hard times for everybody, but I think it was especially difficult
for men since they were the ones responsible for making the money for food and things for
the families. This forced many of them to leave their homes in search of work, most just
rode the railroads in search of work. These men were dubbed the name "Hobos".

One story that I read was about a guy named Henry Koczar, from East Chicago. He was 19
years old when he left his family. Being part of a big family mad it hard on his parents
to put food on the table every day. Especially because his father was now suffering from
stomach ulcers and to top it off out of work. Henry wanted only for his family to have it
a little bit easier and felt he was old enough now to start working on his own. So in
September of 1932 he took off on a train in hopes of lightening the burden on his family.

Now not all of the hobos were out of high school and ready for work. Some of them were
just kids when they started life on their own. The ones I'm going to talk about were only
11, 12 and 13 years old! Berkeley Hacket was one of those kids that didn't enjoy school
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