Time Period: 1929-1941
Themes: the Great Depression, the New Deal, railroads, economics, homelessness
At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains. This film tells the story of ten of these teenage hobos; from the reasons they left home to what they experienced, all within the context of depression-era America.
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