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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Riding the Rails
Aired:
10/19/2009
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First-hand accounts of teen drifters crisscrossing America during the Depression.

 


AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Riding the Rails

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During the Depression-era in the 1930s, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they discovered was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship and loneliness. They saw a country in turmoil and found experiences that affected them for the rest of their lives — their ultimate freedom traded for despair, joblessness and even death. Through first-hand accounts, this program recalls the stories of teen drifters crisscrossing America during tough times. Richard Thomas narrates.


 
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