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Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930 (Working Class in American History)

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Often overlooked in the history of Progressive Era labor, the hoboes who rode the rails in search of seasonal work have nevertheless secured a place in the American imagination. The stories of the men who hunted work between city and countryside, men alternately portrayed as either romantic adventurers or degenerate outsiders, have not been easy to find. Nor have these stories found a comfortable home in either rural or labor histories. Indispensable Outcasts weaves together history, anthropology, gender studies, and literary analysis to reposition these workers at the center of Progressive Era debates over class, race, manly responsibility, community, and citizenship. Combining incisive cultural criticism with the empiricism of a more traditional labor history, Frank Tobias Higbie illustrates how these so-called marginal figures were in fact integral to the communities they briefly inhabited and to the cultural conflicts over class, masculinity, and sexuality they embodied. He draws from life histories, the investigations of social reformers, and the organizing materials of the Industrial Workers of the World and presents a complex and compelling portrait of hobo life, from its often violent and dangerous working conditions to its ethic of "transient mutuality" that enabled survival and resistance on the road. More than a study of hobo life, this interdisciplinary book is also a meditation on the possibilities for writing history from the bottom up, as well as a frank discussion of the ways historians' fascination with personal narrative has colored their construction and presentation of history.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-242) and index.

Table of Contents

"Like the flock of swallows that come in the springtime" : the uneasy place of seasonal laborers in midwestern economy and culture — Retelling life stories : floating labor and the terrain of progressive era social investigation — Reassessing the "floating laborer" : the social geography of work and community in the upper Midwest — The hobo, the wobbly, and the "Battle of Mitchell" : unionization and the politics of community in the wheat belt — "We thought of ourselves as men after awhile" : mutuality, violence, and the apprenticeship of the road.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252070983
Author:
Higbie, Frank Tobia
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Tobias Higbie, Frank
Author:
Higbie, Frank Tobias
Location:
Urbana
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Middle west
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers
Subject:
Migrant labor
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Seasonal labor
Subject:
Progressivism
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Working class -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Labor -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Working Class in American History
Series Volume:
no. 801
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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