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Thumbing a Ride : Hitchhikers, Hostels, and Counterculture in Canada - by Linda Mahood (Hardcover)

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This work relies on oral histories, interviews, and newspaper and magazine articles to tell the stories of young hitchhikers in Canada in the 1970s, during a period when hitchhiking across the country became a youth movement. In addition to the voices of real people, the book gleans information from social work reports about hitchhiking by the Canadian Welfare Council and from the archives of the Canadian Youth Hostel Association. The book describes the hitchhiking subculture with its rules of the road and emphasis on cooperation, and the vast network of hostels and crash pads used by hitchhiking transient youth. It also describes the responses of communities to hitchhiking transient youth, leading to laws banning hitchhiking, and details the youths' protests against the closures of hostels, culminating in the ‘the Battle of Jericho’ at Jericho Beach. The book includes many b&w historical photos from archives and private collections. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: Xii, 331 pages :
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Canada
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr
Book theme: Post-Confederation (1867-)
Author: Linda Mahood
Language: English
Street Date: July 30, 2018
TCIN: 53362902
UPC: 9780774837330
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-3302
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