"How Men Become Tramps" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

"How Men Become Tramps" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

Conclusions from Personal Experience as an Amateur Tramp

by: Josiah Flynt | publication date: October 1, 1895 | Publication: The Century | volume: 50 | journal issue: 6 |

A body of vagrants twice as large as the standing army of the United States, has compacted itself together in this country by common aims, methods of action, and manner of speech. Little is known of it, in whole or in part, for it is like the Irishman's flea or the "little joker" of the gambler - no sooner discovered than lost. To study it, one must become joined to it, part and parcel of its manifestations.

Half literary and half sociological, in this article Flynt describes the different ways in which men and boys enter into the tramping lifestyle. Flynt identifies jails and reform schools as common recruiting grounds for tramps.

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