Depression Era Hobo | Georgia Stories

Depression Era Hobo | Georgia Stories

After the Civil War, many headed west in search of work, carrying a hoe with them. “Hoe boys” became “hobos.” Hobos were not "bums" or "tramps"; they were men seeking work wherever they could find it. They lived out of doors in camps known as "jungles". The dangers of travel by hopping trains crippled many. The outbreak of World War II brought enrollment in the armed forces to some hoboes and regular employment to others. Today the hobo's life on the road has entered the realm of national myth.

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