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 THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE: A Handbook for Hobos by Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson) published in 1930 by The Vanguard Press.
















Short Biography of Nels Anderson by Arthur J. Vidich
Nels Anderson's study, The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man, published as Vol. I of the Sociological Series of the University of Chicago in 1923, was based in part on his personal experience of the hobo world. Anderson, who arrived at the University in 1921, had some experience in hobo life, and his teachers were alert to encourage him to capitalize on his unique firsthand knowledge. They saw an obvious opportunity to connect one of the most characteristic urban districts, the hobo area, with a broader sociological interest in movement, isolation and disorganization.
Nels Anderson knew life in the bummery at first hand. He was a migratory worker in the frontier West for more than ten years, during which he lived in the world of the hobo, tramp, bum, gandy-dancer, skinner, bridge snake, jungle buzzard, panhandler, notch house and shanty queen. It was a world that he has neither idealized nor morally rejected, but has reported as an observer who understood that the hobo was an essential part of the frontier labor market; only later and not by Anderson has the frontier been romanticized. The authenticity and durability of his study rests much less on the interviewing he did in the Madison Street area of Chicago than on his earlier experiences in life.
During the 1920s worked in Chicago for the Home for the Incurables and the Juvenile Protective Association, participated in the Hobo College and was associated with the Municipal Lodging House. He took classes at New York University and received his Ph.D. in 1930 at the age of forty.
During the great economic depression of the 1930s he worked in Albany, New York for then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins: to organize a program for the homeless in Buffalo under the State Relief Administration. Later, during the depression, when Harry Hopkins became head of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in Washington, Anderson went with him and was appointed Labor Relations Officer in that agency. SOURCE: THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE (1930)Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson)


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