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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

The night the authors, Dale Maharidge and Michael S. Williamson, left Youngstown, they traveled through Kentucky in heavy rain. They later traveled by train across Kansas through a late season snowstorm. Snow swirled inside the carrier. The authors describe here how they felt extremely cold and hungry. Michael announced it was time for the peanut butter, their last food. He went to his pack, his hands shaking violently from the cold. The jar fell and shattered. They stared at the peanut butter peppered with glass shards—they knew they could not eat it anymore. Michael was nearly weeping. It was not his fault. Men with backpacks were everywhere downtown. There were more people seeking work in Kentucky than in St. Louis. They slept that night in the hobo jungle on the bank of the South Platte River.

Keywords:   Dale Maharidge, Michael S. Williamson, Youngstown, Kentucky, Kansas, St. Louis, hobo, jungle, South Platte River

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