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Men off the Road

by Gertrude Springer

Photographs by Lewis Hine

September 1934

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Men in Camp

Homeless, without legal rights anywhere, transients in the federal camps are just men out of work whom no community permits to linger and who find welcome only in the jungles of hoboes

"Move on" has been the usual formula of the relief agencies, as of Dickens' London "copper" in dealing with the homeless. Here a staff member reports what she saw in some of the new transient camps, what campers and directors told her, and indicates some of the hopes and difficulties inherent in the problem of the uprooted which FERA tackled last February.


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