Indispensable Outcasts

Indispensable Outcasts : Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930

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A study of seasonal workers in the midwest during the Progressive more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 162.6 x 227.6 x 18.8mm | 408.23g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252070984
  • 9780252070983
  • 1,500,705

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"A wonderful book, beautifully written and filled with insight and innovation."--Cindy Hahamovitch, author of The Fruits of Their Labor "Higbie has produced a well-written and enlightening interdisciplinary study of seasonal laboring classes, with thoughtful criticism of the Progressive Era culture and successful persuasion regarding the considerable role hobo workers played in the social relations of the turn-of-the-century American Midwest."--Journal of Illinois History "A penetrating new history of the nation's first large-scale temporary industrial work force. Higbie's challenging arguments about the complex and multivalent sources of class identity should serve as a guide to anyone writing about the social and cultural conflicts of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century America."--The Journal of American Historyshow more

Table of contents

"Like the flock of swallows that come in the springtime"; the uneasy place of seasonal labourers in midwestern economy and culture; retelling life stories - floating labour and the terrain of progressive era social investigation; reassessing the "floating laborer" - the social geography of work and community in the upper Midwest; the hobo - the wobbly and the "Battle of Mitchell" - unionization and the politics of community in the wheat belt; "We thought of ourselves as men after awhile" - mutuality - violence and the apprenticeship of the road; more

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