Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails

Downloadable Video - 2003
Average Rating:
Rate this:
During the Depression-era of the 1930s, tens of thousands of teenagers hopped freight trains in search of a better life elsewhere. What they discovered was a mixture of adventure, camaraderie, hardship and loneliness. They saw a country in turmoil and found experiences that impacted them for the rest of their lives -- their ultimate freedom traded for despair, lack of jobs, and even death. Through first-hand accounts, "The American Experience" recalls the stories of teen drifters crisscrossing America during tough times.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2003.
ISBN: 9781578079759
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 72 min.)) : sd., col.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 23, 2012

You say recession, I sat depression, lets just call the whole thing off!
If you could get a today 16 year old who can't find a job to sit down some rainy Sunday afternoon and look at a few clips of this, it'd serve its purpose. I found it an illuminating window into the world of some people I've known who lived during this time - and THAT time, too.

kevfarley Jan 05, 2012

FIVE STARS ,....The insight into the adventure of 'budget ' travel is good ,but... This film gave me more realistic awareness about the true nature of the Great Depression than I have found from any other source that have ever seen or read ! !...
Definately a MUST SEE for any history buff.

Mary43 Sep 26, 2011

Wonderful stories of people's lives. I have always wished I could hop a train!!! This movie showed me the adventure, but that I never would have made it. Took a very special type. I admire them.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DCPL

To Top