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Riding the rails / WGBH Boston Video presents an Out of the Blue production ; a film by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell ; produced, directed and written by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell.

Uys, Michael. (Added Author). Lovell, Lexy. (Added Author). WGBH Video (Firm) (Added Author). Out of the Blue Entertainment (Firm) (Added Author).

Tells the story of the 250,000 teenagers who left their homes and hopped freight trains during the Great Depression.

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  • ISBN: 1578079756 :
  • ISBN: 9781578079759
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, 2003.

Content descriptions

General Note:
An edited version of "Riding the rails" was broadcast on the PBS television program American experience.
DVD features: interview with the filmmakers; slide show featuring Depression-era photos; excerpt from Riding the rails : teenagers on the move during the Great Depression; web sites of interest.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Samuel Henriques ; editor, Howard Sharp ; music, Jimmie Rodgers, Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Elizabeth Cotten ; original music, Jay Sherman-Godfrey.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD, region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Language Note:
Subject: Railroad trains.
Depressions > 1929 > United States.
Railroads > United States > History.
United States > Social conditions > 1933-1945.
United States > Economic conditions > 1918-1945.
Tramps > United States > History.
Genre: Documentary films.
Historical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 385.097 DVD (Text) 33062009800567 Adult DVD Nonfiction Checked Out 12/11/2023

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