Orphan Train


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A social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States—especially NYC to the Midwest for adoption. The orphan trains relocated an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children between 1854 and 1929. At the time the trains began, an estimated 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of NYC
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The last orphan train stopped in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a prolific author of numerous Christian-themed novels with personal ties to the Orphan Trains through a much-loved grandmother.
Hillary and her friends always are on the lookout for orphan trains and strain to catch any glimpse of the children inside the passenger cars.
The children selected to ride the orphan trains left behind lives of abandonment, crime, disease, starvation, and a pervasive environment of physical and mental cruelty.
Begin your reading for the 2006 Young Readers Choice Award with this tale of the Orphan Train.
She says that the local historical society produced several articles--interviews with orphan train riders--that appeared in the newspaper.
Elsewhere, the jazz-tinged He'll Be Back has a nostalgic feel about it, suggesting a latterday Connie Francis, and Orphan Train is as rootsy as they come.
Warren, a former high school teacher, authored Orphan Train Rider, which won the 1996 Horn Book Award for nonfiction as well as many state awards.
Examples of contemporary fiction with orphan characters include Joan Aiken's (1962) The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Midnight is a Place (1974), Joan Lowery Nixon's (1987-1989) Orphan Train series, Philip Pullman's (1982) Count Karlstein, and Geraldine McCaughrean's (1998) The Pirate's Son.
A dwindling number of orphan train riders are still living.
By examining the orphan train movement in Boston and New York, with some mention of similar work in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Rochester, Marilyn Irvin Holt makes a significant contribution to an intriguing, original, and overlooked aspect of American social welfare history.
Orphan Train Girl is a young reader's edition of the 2013 adult bestseller from Kline, Orphan Train.