Old School 101 [21Apr2020]

Date Added: April 21, 2020 11:22:01 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: Arts & Humanities: History

Job hunting in the 1930's

During the Great Depression, millions of people were out of work across the United States. Unable to find another job locally, many unemployed people hit the road, traveling from place to place, hoping to find some work. A few of these people had cars, but most hitchhiked or “rode the rails”. A large portion of the people who rode the rails were teenagers, but there were also older men, women, and entire families who traveled in this manner. They would board freight trains and crisscross the country, hoping to find a job in one of the towns along the way. During this period most of the Americans found the job via word-of-mouth, persistence and family connections.