"All of a sudden the train gave a jerk, as it took up slack in the draw bars. I heard Jim let out a muffled moan, as he fell. I whirled round and made a grab for him. He had on a knit cap. I got the cap and a handful of blond hair. Jim was gone. Disappeared under the wheels. No way could Jim survive."
This gripping primary source account of hoboes during the Great Depression will bring the misery of the era to life for your students. The first page of the activity includes an overview of why people became hoboes and the hardships they faced. Two former hoboes share their experiences riding the rails. Their stories are sure to grab the attention of your students. The second page has a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions to assess comprehension.
My students are thrilled when I begin the lesson with "today we are going to learn about hoboes." The term instantly engages the students. This activity will help your students understand the suffering and desperation in America during the Great Depression.
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