One More Train to Ride

One More Train to Ride : The Underground World of Modern American Hoboes

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Drawn from intimate interviews with 14 modern-day "steel rail nomads," One More Train to Ride provides a revealing picture of today's American hobo. Interspersed with their stories are original poems and songs echoing the ancient lyricism and loneliness of life on the road. Their connections with the past make the experiences of these hoboes even more striking, as they ride freight trains and jungle up in hobo camps, light years away from the 21st-century cyberworld-yet touching the very core of American freedom and individualism.Cliff Williams skillfully elicits details of family background, motives, and clear insights into the daily life and philosophy of the modern hobo. With its evocative link to the past, One More Train to Ride continues a long tradition of books on hobo oral history, including Nels Anderson's The Hobo (1923) and Thomas Minehan's Boy and Girl Tramps of America (1934).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 24 b&w photos, 1 bibliog.
  • 0253216524
  • 9780253216526
  • 1,348,998

About Clifford Williams

Cliff Williams (Oats) has been a "hobo at heart" since 1990, when he attended his first National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. He chose his hobo moniker because he eats rolled oats with milk and honey for breakfast. In his other life, Williams teaches philosophy at Trinity College in Illinois. He is author of Free Will and Determinism: A Dialogue, which recently went into its ninth printing. He lives in Deerfield, more

Table of contents

Table of ContentsForeword Gyspy MoonAcknowledgmentsIntroductionCatchin' Out for Freedom, Guitar WhiteyThe Texas MadmanWhat Is a Hobo?One More Train to Ride, Hobo Liberty JusticeNew York SlimWhat Is It Like to Be on a Moving Freight Train?Roving, GideonDante FucwhaCatching a Moving BoxcarThe Hobo's Heart, Virginia SlimFrogWaiting for a TrainA Woman on the Go, Cinderbox CindyShaylaPhilosophy of HoboingClearing the Yard, Bo Britt EddieStretchArrestedShanty by the Main, Iowa BlackieHobo MonikersShortstopDrawing by ShortstopIn the JungleSitting Around Our Little Fires, Oklahoma SlimB.PhotosA Hobo StoryThe Hobo and His Bedroll, Bo Britt EddiePreacher SteveGood TurnsMaking a Nighttime Run, The Texas MadmanNew York GrizzlyHobo AdviceThere's a Little Bit of Tex in Me, Hood River BlackieIweganRoll Call of the DepartedA Hobo's Remembrance, Luther the JetRoad HogHobo SongsSoftly by Tracks, Buzz PotterRaquelDeath and Injury on the RailsThe Road to Nowhere, Dr. PoetAdmanHobo's Lament, Virginia SlimA Bindle Stiff's Last Ride, Drummond MansfieldDrawing by Drummond MansfieldReferencesshow more

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