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Title: Relief for Wanderers: The Transient Service in Kansas, 1933-35
Authors: Fearon, Peter S.
First Published: 2006
Publisher: The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Citation: Great Plains Quarterly, 2006, 26 (4), pp.245-264
Abstract: Located at the crossroads of America, Kansas had long experience of interstate migrants. For many decades armies of workers had entered the state to pursue the harvest of a number of crops, or to pick up whatever work was available on their way west in pursuit of a more rewarding life. The U.S. population was highly mobile and migration played an essential role in a vigorously expanding economy. Ailing transients, especially tubercular cases, had as their destination the pure, dry air of the Southwest. To these we can add indeterminate numbers of seasonal workers, ex-veterans, homeless boys, peddlers, beggars, and rootless individuals, some of who had recently been discharged from prisons or from other institutions. People on the move usually traveled by horse-drawn prairie schooner, by rail, or made their way by hitchhiking. In the 1920s low-priced used autos enabled many families to travel with relative ease over considerable distances'! Migrants, however, were often unprepared for the rigors of their journey, and they inevitably presented a local welfare problem when their resources were totally exhausted and they were forced to seek public relief.
ISSN: 0275-7664
Version: Publisher version
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright 2006 The Center for Great Plains Studies. Deposited with the permission of the publisher.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Historical Studies

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