By Douglas Harper
This sociological vintage exhibits how the railroad tramp’s prestige as a deviant replaced from frontier itinerant to submit cost vagrant; from category wide awake proletariat within the melancholy to the broken submit WWII vet. The 3rd version (with new images) discusses how at the present time the freights became the milieu of violent gangs who shipping medications, human traffickers, and serial killers. Beating the chances opposed to elevated publish Sept. 11 surveillance are yuppie event seekers, younger tourists, crust punks and oogles. within the heritage is identical freight train―unforgiving and lethal―and cultures policed every now and then via honorable tramps and every now and then through sadistic enforcers of violent gangs.
Features of the hot edition:
• 8 formerly unpublished photographs that mirror new instructions in visible ethnography. (90 pictures altogether)
• A fuller integration of pictures made through the author’s player learn 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 fundamental tramp of the period, Carl.
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Extra resources for Good Company: A Tramp Life
This time of year most of them are going up to work. ” I could see people rolling out from behind bushes at the edge of the ravine. Carl pointed to a man walking toward us: “I wonder if that’s Woody there now . . No, by God, that looks like Crooked-Stem Smitty . . I think it is! . ” he yelled to get the tramp’s attention. ” He walked over to the figure and I heard him say: “That wouldn’t be Crooked-Stem Smitty, now, would it? . No, fuck no, that’s Boston Blackie! ” They walked toward me. “I been here a long time,” Blackie said.
Because they’re the ones who take you—they took me twice this year already. I already told you, the life is dyin’ out because the old-timer is just about gone. But there is people ridin’. Some of them are thieves, and most of them only make trouble of one sort or another. Hell, I went to sleep in Newport a couple of months ago, and when I woke up my gear was gone! Even my wristwatch was gone! I’d like to know how they got that off me without waking me. ” “But you left your things with me. ” He snorted.
Not here! They go right on through. They’re made up way east—Minneapolis, Chicago. That Seattle train’s made up right in St. Paul. It don’t bust up in Minot; they just shuffle the train over the hump and the same cars go out again. It’s ninety-seven and one-ninety-seven—that’s their numbers. ” “Do those numbers mean the train leaves the same time, travels the same route? ” “It’s the same train. ’ That’s another name for it. ” “Last year they told me I was riding a hotshot and it busted up all over the place,” I said.