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What's the Use of Walking If There's a Freight Train Going Your Way? : Black Hoboes & Their Songs (Paperback)

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Another wonderful slice of history, political, cultural, and social history. Better yet, it comes 'illustrated' with a CD, with 25 original recordings. Plus, of course, the work is full of the lyrics, art, and photographs of people, and their times.

"The music and poetry of black workers in motion - hoboing, hitchhiking, timbering, mining, railroading, loving, leaving, fighting back and searcing for a new job, a new life and even a new world are brilliantly recorded and explained in this arresting collection." [David Roediger]

"Paul Garon has produced yet another masterpiece of cultural history. The stories and songs he gathers together in this remarkable book disrupt common notions of what we mean by 'freedom' when it comes to black folk. Hoboes represented a significant segment of the black working class, and their constant movements were both evidence of constraints and acts of freedom. And as he so eloquently demonstrates, the men and women who took to the road and their bards have much to teach us about America's 'bottom rail.'" [Robin D G Kelley]

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Publisher Charles H Kerr Pub Co
Mfg Part# 9780882863061
SKU 202505511
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0882863061
Release Date 1/1/2006
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0296
Publisher Charles Kerr
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