Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s was hard enough, but people in rural areas had special problems. For instance, educational opportunities were few and far between. Not many young people had the opportunity to finish high school let alone go to college.
When the Great Depression hit in 1929, job opportunities became almost nonexistent. Farm families were some better off than others because they were able to raise their own food, however many farm youth found it extremely difficult to find work.
The nation was restless. Thousands of men, young and old, found themselves wandering over the country looking for work. Others, who had given up on finding work, simply roamed around the country. For a young man with little education or opportunity, riding the rails was the best way to see the country. Many of them left home simply for the adventure of the times.
Call of the Pines, is the story of one of these young men and his struggle to grow up in these trying times.
Paperback; 296 pages