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Hitchhiking to California

About this Item


  • Hitchhiking to California


  • Basileo, Angelo (Narrator)
  • McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-11


  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Retirees
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Angelo Basileo at his home in Haledon, New Jersey.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: "We each had about fifty bucks. We hitchhiked. Between thumbing, freight cars . . . everything . . . walking." McCarl asks when this occurs. Angelo says, "early 'thirties, I guess. Took the Lincoln Highway, at that time that was all they had. It went through all the big towns like Trenton, Philadelphia, Ohio, up north a ways, then west. Sandusky, and west from there, more or less. Then we dropped down south again, the way the highway went. Then you get out to Arizona, Tombstone, Ft. Worth, through Texas, and we would sleep out at night, outside, this was in July and August. So we spent our money on food and maybe once a week at a boarding house to wash our clothes and wash ourselves. And in them days you paid a $1.00 a night to get a room. And once in a while we'd sleep in jail. Time to time, put in jail and of course they booked us as a vagrant. They'd say 'show us your money;' we'd say 'sure, we got money,' but they'd still treat us like a vagrant. 'Sure we'll stay here for the night.' I think we had about fifty bucks each."


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A008

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. Hitchhiking to California. -08-11, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Basileo, A. & McCarl, R. (1994) Hitchhiking to California. -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. Hitchhiking to California. -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.