Riding the Rails
Don't miss this ride! Winner of 11 major awards, this rare film will inform, dazzle and profoundly move you. Archival footage and newsreel interviews with kids full of bravado tells the unforgettable story of 250,000 teenagers who left their homes and hopped freight trains during the Great Depression. Winner Peabody Award, 1998.
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Our father was one of those hoboes then. Maybe that's why this story caught my eye. Dad didn't talk about his experiences. Maybe this film explains some of what he didn't tell.
The story is presented clearly and caught my attention quickly. The stories of every-day people makes history real to me. Politics may make headlines, but people live what politics make.
I wanted to especially acknowledge the area of the DVD where the authors appear and explain how and why they made this DVD. Their explanation of what they did and the massive amount of data to sort through added further depth and meaning to the project.
"Riding the Rails" is a series of interviews, stock photographs, music, and video of teenagers who, by choice or by force, took to traveling the country via the railroad system. It has really helped my students to understand what life was truly like for teenagers during the 1930s. This documentary is especially helpful when teaching Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" because the people interviewed discuss the loneliness of the open road and the effects it had on them. They were always surrounded by people, but everyone kept to him/herself.
What a great way for my students to really see what people who were their age went through at a time that seems to mirror our current times.