Sister of the Road The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha

Ben Reitman (Author); Boxcar Bertha (About)


Publisher: AK Press / Nabat
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 208
Released: January 5, 2002
ISBN-13: 9781902593036

Another raging slab of real American history you're not likely to find in the textbooks.

It's a window into a wildly under-appreciated dropout culture that gets left out of the stultifying fairytales that pass for history books—a much more rowdy and messily interesting tradition than the guardians of propriety, steeped in those other great American traditions of Puritanism and hypocrisy, let on.

Hobo jungles, bughouses, whorehouses, Chicago's Main Stem, IWW meeting halls, skid rows, and open freight cars—these were the haunts of the free thinking and free loving Bertha Thompson. This vivid autobiography recounts one hell of a rugged woman's hard-living depression-era saga of misadventures with pimps, hopheads, murderers, yeggs, wobblies, and anarchists.

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