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Riding the Rails Documentary on PBS

Riding the Rails

On May 24, 2010, PBS will broadcast the award-winning documentary, Riding the Rails, as part of its American Experience series. Find out more about the film.

Riding the Rails presents the stories of 10 men and women who left home as teenagers during the Great Depression. Including historic footage as well as personal interviews, the film chronicles the teens’ adventures riding the rails across the US in search of a better life.

The companion book brings these stories to life through rare archival photos, oral histories, and letters of 3,000 men and women.

Read more about the book.

Click here for more information about the DVD.

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  1. Riding the Rails

    Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression

    By Errol Lincoln Uys

    "There is no feeling in the world like sitting in a side-door Pullman and watching the world go by, listening to the clickety-clack of the wheels, hearing that old steam whistle blowing for crossings and towns." -George Phillips in Riding the RailsAt the height of the Great Depression, 250,000...

    Published February 6th 2003 by Routledge