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Indispensable Outcasts Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930 by Frank Tobias Higbie

Indispensable Outcasts Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930

Part of the Working Class in American History Series


Indispensable Outcasts Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930 by Frank Tobias Higbie

A study of seasonal workers in the midwest during the Progressive Era.


A wonderful book, beautifully written and filled with insight and innovation. --Cindy Hahamovitch, author of The Fruits of Their Labor

Higbie has produced a well-written and enlightening interdisciplinary study of seasonal laboring classes, with thoughtful criticism of the Progressive Era culture and successful persuasion regarding the considerable role hobo workers played in the social relations of the turn-of-the-century American Midwest. --Journal of Illinois History

A penetrating new history of the nation's first large-scale temporary industrial work force. Higbie's challenging arguments about the complex and multivalent sources of class identity should serve as a guide to anyone writing about the social and cultural conflicts of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century America. --The Journal of American History

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Publication date

8th July 2003


Frank Tobias Higbie

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University of Illinois Press


280 pages


History of the Americas



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