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

Paperback | September 18, 2009

byCliff (oats) Williams, Cliff Oats Williams

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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).

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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 ...

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 Determinis...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.54 inPublished:September 18, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253216524

ISBN - 13:9780253216526

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Foreword Gyspy Moon
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Catchin' Out for Freedom, Guitar Whitey
The Texas Madman
What Is a Hobo?
One More Train to Ride, Hobo Liberty Justice
New York Slim
What Is It Like to Be on a Moving Freight Train?
Roving, Gideon
Dante Fucwha
Catching a Moving Boxcar
The Hobo's Heart, Virginia Slim
Frog
Waiting for a Train
A Woman on the Go, Cinderbox Cindy
Shayla
Philosophy of Hoboing
Clearing the Yard, Bo Britt Eddie
Stretch
Arrested
Shanty by the Main, Iowa Blackie
Hobo Monikers
Shortstop
Drawing by Shortstop
In the Jungle
Sitting Around Our Little Fires, Oklahoma Slim
B.
Photos
A Hobo Story
The Hobo and His Bedroll, Bo Britt Eddie
Preacher Steve
Good Turns
Making a Nighttime Run, The Texas Madman
New York Grizzly
Hobo Advice
There's a Little Bit of Tex in Me, Hood River Blackie
Iwegan
Roll Call of the Departed
A Hobo's Remembrance, Luther the Jet
Road Hog
Hobo Songs
Softly by Tracks, Buzz Potter
Raquel
Death and Injury on the Rails
The Road to Nowhere, Dr. Poet
Adman
Hobo's Lament, Virginia Slim
A Bindle Stiff's Last Ride, Drummond Mansfield
Drawing by Drummond Mansfield
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