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Hoboes who road the rails during the Great Depression were often fathers who had lost their jobs. Sometimes they were women looking for work. All too often, they were teenagers whose parents could no longer afford to feed them. Some sources claim that 2 million men and 8000 women road the rails during the Dirty Thirties. The Southern Pacific Railroad reported throwing half a million transients off of boxcars in the year 1932 alone.

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