This play is adapted from Riding the Rails
; Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression by Errol Lincoln Uys.
The main action of "The Battler" takes place not on the train but around a camp fire in a clearing where Nick meets the beat-up white prize-fighter, Ad Francis, and his black companion, Bugs, who presumably have also been riding the rails
. Nick accepts an invitation to share their food, but when the punch-drunk Ad becomes violent, Bugs knocks him out with a blackjack and advises Nick to leave before his companion regains consciousness.
More than sixty years later, wife and husband documentary filmmakers Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys tracked down freight-hopping survivors for their movie, "Riding the Rails
." The huge amount of primary source materials they gathered for that project led to this book.
THESE (MOSTLY OLDER WHITE MALE) BUFFS WILL FORGIVE AMTRAK ALMOST ANYTHING, AS THEY PRATTLE ON ENDLESSLY ABOUT THE "ROMANCE" OF RIDING THE RAILS
soil today." From the days of blacks riding the rails
looking for work during the Jim Crow era, to today's Latino migrant deaths in overheated semi-trailers and cargo train compartments, racism has a history.
Other titles the new series include Straphanging in the USA: Trolleys and Subways in American Life; Riding the Rails
in the USA: Trains in American Life; and Driving around the USA: Automobiles in American Life.
Riding the rails
with them is Kolya (Anatoly Goryachev), a shifty conductor with a smuggling racket on the side.
James Yarger says riding the rails
is a big part of his business career and his personal life: He travels to Seattle from Eugene at least two times a month as part of his job as a restaurant equipment designer; and with a fiancee living in the same Washington city, one of them is riding the rails
just about every weekend.
The trouble began when a white hobo, one of a group riding the rails
, stepped on Patterson's hand.
And yes he HAD met Ted Kaczynski when they were both riding the rails
, at a hobo camp outside Vegas, TWICE.
BEST VISITOR EXPERIENCE: Riding the rails
. Four-hour excursions on the San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad out of Benson offer an excellent overview of the river's human and natural history.
As a young man during the Depression, Faubus was a migrant worker, riding the rails
to Michigan and Washington state to cut timber and pick apples.