By Douglas Harper
This sociological vintage exhibits how the railroad tramp’s prestige as a deviant replaced from frontier itinerant to submit payment vagrant; from classification awake proletariat within the melancholy to the broken submit WWII vet. The 3rd version (with new photographs) discusses how this day the freights became the milieu of violent gangs who delivery medicinal drugs, human traffickers, and serial killers. Beating the chances opposed to elevated put up 11th of September surveillance are yuppie event seekers, younger tourists, crust punks and oogles. within the historical past is similar freight train―unforgiving and lethal―and cultures policed from time to time by way of honorable tramps and every now and then through sadistic enforcers of violent gangs.
Features of the hot edition:
• 8 formerly unpublished pictures that replicate new instructions in visible ethnography. (90 images altogether)
• A fuller integration of images made in the course of the author’s player examine with tramps over millions of miles at the freights and whereas residing homeless in city America.
• New, nuanced edit of a story describing author’s 5 week immersion with the vital tramp of the period, Carl.
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I liked that land between here and Laurel,” I said, “I really liked it this time. ” Carl surprised me by replying: “That north route’s better; I like that ride through Glacier Park. You can see the whole canyon. You can see all the way Another ascent of the Rockies 37 . . the mountain swallows our train . . up to the top, and then when you go down the other side, through west Glacier, you get another view of that whole goddamn valley. But then once you get past Cutbank you don’t see much scenery anymore, just wheatland all the way past Havre, Shelby, all the way to Minot.
But after a time his hunger overcame his pride and he took a squashed peanut butter sandwich over to the corner to eat by himself. He did, however, ask me what the fuck I was doing with peanut butter sandwiches—where, boy, were the beans? The train finally left Laurel and crawled slowly toward Helena. We rode in an oversized boxcar, and standing before the twelve-by-twenty-foot door was like standing on a chair in the second row of a wide-screen movie. But the ride was slow and gentle, and half of the sky was laced in the purple and pink of a prairie sunset.
You can have a steady job in that country—make good money. This spring I was makin’ two dollars an hour and all I was doin’ was thinnin’. ’ ‘All right,’ I says . . I didn’t tell him I never done any thinnin’. But I learned fast. In a Two cans of beans 29 little over two weeks—I was getting two dollars a tree there—I made five hundred sixty-five dollars. When I work I work hard! Few people can keep up with me; I get soakin’ wet just workin’. One day—that was up at ‘Haskell, Burns and Kernin’—the boss came by and made me stop!