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peddler

peddler or hawker, itinerant vendor of small goods. In rural America peddlers carried their packs or drove a horse and cart from door to door. While the importance of peddlers to the small American community declined considerably with the growth of automobile transportation and mail-order houses, their role in certain sections of the Asian and African markets has remained important.

See R. L. Wright, Hawkers and Walkers in Early America (1927, repr. 1965) J. R. Dolan, Yankee Peddlers of Early America (1964).

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