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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Aside from writing Mail-Order Kid, Marilyn's other work about the orphan trains includes her tour of Nebraska, from 1991 to 1995, performing as Louisa May Alcott and “Henrietta's Mother,” the mother of an orphan train rider, countless days interviewing Teresa, and limitless hours researching the topic.
Wildflowers: The First Story in the Orphan Train Trilogy
The chapters in Part II of the book are original documents, including letters from children placed by parents or farm parents who took in children of the orphan trains, the first adoption law, the Child Welfare League of America 1938 standards for adoptions, and the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoptions of 1993.
Searching for home: Three families from the orphan trains.
He promised that orphan trains would be "the means of draining the city of these children.
The novel is very thought-provoking in that it really makes you think about the orphan trains of our past and the lives of the children who rode them.
Many of the child-welfare reforms instituted during the early 1900s can be traced to Brace's orphan trains.
The story of the orphan trains (about 1900-1933), which took children from impoverished conditions in eastern US cities to the Midwest in hope of finding homes for them, is fascinating to a wide range of readers.
It was interesting to read this trilogy and to think about how orphan trains were truly a part of American history from 1854 to 1929.
By its close in 1929, his innovative and controversial Orphan Trains program had moved as many as 150,000 children, ages two to sixteen--described as poor, neglected, homeless and unruly, but not necessarily orphaned--from the slums of New York to the mid-west and the west where most found permanent homes.
The orphan trains that were a well-meaning effort to get urban orphans transported from the cities of the east to the farm communities of the west have been the subject of many children's books-it is an endlessly fascinating story after all.
The results were often more harrowing that anything the children had experienced prior to boarding those orphan trains headed west.