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a merchant ship that does not run between ports on a regular schedule but carries cargo wherever the shippers desire
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Of the three books, Cresswell's provides the fewest glimpses of the internal dynamics of tramping communities as understood by those who lived the life.
In one sense, the geographic mobility at the heart of tramping fit nicely with the frontier ethic and the quest for upward mobility, not to mention capital's relentless need for unskilled labourers.
99, 102) This aspect of women's tramping experience translated into much scientific and popular writing on the nature of their bodies, especially in regards to physical appearance and health.
xix) Like Cresswell, DePastino makes fruitful use of the well-known commentators of tramping life during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era--Jacob Riis, Nels Anderson, James McCook, and Carleton Parker especially.
Generally speaking, tramping "was a young man's pursuit, a virtual stage in the working-class life cycle": for this majority group, "the road represented a brief stage of poverty, an episodic experience rather than a permanent condition.
Yet, "society" could make one take to the road for economic or personal reasons, and once there, the practices and institutions found in actually existing tramping communities could take hold, leading one to adopt not just the identity, but the way of life that went with it.
TOE CLEVER BY HALF: Flounder tramping champ David Leith shows off his feet - and trophies