Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha by Dr. Ben L. Reitman

By Dr. Ben L. Reitman

Born within the shadows of a railroad backyard, of a wandering mom who took her enthusiasts the place she chanced on them and a father who used to be scarcely aware of her arrival on this planet, Bertha Thompson took to ‘the street’ once the stressed impulses of early life stirred in her. She used to be extra attracted to wanders than those that settled down in houses, extra attracted to criminals than law-abiding electorate. She desired to see how they lived, reside as they did, understand what they have been like.
As because of the her restlessness and interest, she grew to become, in fifteen years of wandering, a hobo, treveling from one finish of the rustic to the opposite in box-cars, “decking” passenger trains, and hitchhiking; member of a gang of shoplifters, touring because the mistress of 1 of the boys; a prostitute operating in a Chicago brothel; the mummy of a kid of an unknown father; and a examine employee for a brand new York social provider bureau.

Sister of the Road is Bertha’s personal tale of these fifteen years and the list of her conclusions approximately them. proficient with a obviously prepared intelligence, fearless of effects to herself, keen and wanting to do and be every little thing which different contributors of her team did and have been, her tale is a mine of little-known info and a succession of relocating human tales approximately that huge and transforming into military of homeless, jobless, wandering girls who reside by way of begging, stealing, dishonest, prostituting themselves, and sometimes operating at valid jobs.

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