Children of the Orphan Trains

Children of the Orphan Trains Author Holly Littlefield
ISBN-10 1575054663
Release 2001
Pages 48
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Recounts the experiences of abandoned, orphaned, or homeless children from city orphanages in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who were sent out by the trainload to find families that would adopt them or take them as workers.

Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains Author Stephen O'Connor
ISBN-10 9780547523705
Release 2014-11-04
Pages 384
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The true story behind Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel is revealed in this “engaging and thoughtful history” of the Children’s Aid Society (Los Angeles Times). A powerful blend of history, biography, and adventure, Orphan Trains fills a grievous gap in the American story. Tracing the evolution of the Children's Aid Society, this dramatic narrative tells the fascinating tale of one of the most famous—and sometimes infamous—child welfare programs: the orphan trains, which spirited away some 250,000 abandoned children into the homes of rural families in the Midwest. In mid-nineteenth-century New York, vagrant children, whether orphans or runaways, filled the streets. The city's solution for years had been to sweep these children into prisons or almshouses. But a young minister named Charles Loring Brace took a different tack. With the creation of the Children's Aid Society in 1853, he provided homeless youngsters with shelter, education, and, for many, a new family out west. The family matching process was haphazard, to say the least: at town meetings, farming families took their pick of the orphan train riders. Some youngsters, such as James Brady, who became governor of Alaska, found loving homes, while others, such as Charley Miller, who shot two boys on a train in Wyoming, saw no end to their misery. Complete with extraordinary photographs and deeply moving stories, Orphan Trains gives invaluable insights into a creative genius whose pioneering, if controversial, efforts inform child rescue work today.

The Orphan Trains

The Orphan Trains Author Kristin F. Johnson
ISBN-10 9781614784494
Release 2011
Pages 112
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This title examines an important historic event -- the orphan train movement. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of the Children's Aid Society and the development of the Brace School, lodging houses, and industrial schools, the conditions that led to child abandonment in the 1800s, problems with institutional care and child labor laws, the roles the Civil War, the Great Depression, and people like Charles Loring Brace played, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts.

Children of Orphan Trains

Children of Orphan Trains Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:31950437
Release 1994
Pages 122
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A history of children that lived at the New York Juvenile Asylum.

Poor As Church Mice

Poor As Church Mice Author Roselyn Miller
ISBN-10 9781467030526
Release 2006-08-14
Pages 164
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In 1870 in New York City, Nora, an almost thirteen year old, has become the sole support of her three siblings, Amanda, five, Charley, nixie and Nils, eleven. The Civil war has taken her father’s life and tuberculosis has caused her mother to be bedfast. Nora has always heard, even as a young child, the history of her family and the promise her mother had made of keeping the family together as a family ‘no matter what’. Nora’s family is suddenly exposed as four young children struggling to stay together in their home with their sick mother and has to bow to the inevitable of being placed in a large orphanage ‘while their mother is hospitalized. The day Nora hears her small sister declare herself an orphan, is the day she makes a decision that her family will ride an ‘orphan’s train’ west to Nebraska to live with their father’s relatives. Nora soon learns they are no more of a family in Nebraska than they were in the orphanage in New York City. Aunt Augusta has plans for the three older children and the adoption of Amanda. Nora once again takes her family on the road looking for a place they can live as a family.

The Orphan Trains

The Orphan Trains Author Alice K. Flanagan
ISBN-10 0756517656
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 48
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Learn about the homeless city children who were taken out West to have new homes in the early 1900s.

We Rode the Orphan Trains

We Rode the Orphan Trains Author Andrea Warren
ISBN-10 0618432353
Release 2004-03
Pages 132
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Describes the journey many orphan children took looking for families and homes to call their own.

Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains Author Elizabeth Raum
ISBN-10 9781429662734
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 112
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"Describes the people and events involved in the orphan trains. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspectives of a New York City newsboy, a child trying to keep his siblings together, and a child sent west on the baby trains"--Provided by publisher.

The Texas Orphans

The Texas Orphans Author
ISBN-10 0890159629
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 96
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Having ridden the Orphan Train from New York City to Texas in 1904, Eddie and Tommy start an exciting new life in a small country town.

Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains Author Marylin Irvin Holt
ISBN-10 0803235976
Release 1994-02-01
Pages 264
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"From 1850 to 1930 America witnessed a unique emigration and resettlement of at least 200,000 children and several thousand adults, primarily from the East Coast to the West. This 'placing out,' an attempt to find homes for the urban poor, was best known by the 'orphan trains' that carried the children. Holt carefully analyzes the system, initially instituted by the New York Children's Aid Society in 1853, tracking its imitators as well as the reasons for its creation and demise. She captures the children's perspective with the judicious use of oral histories, institutional records, and newspaper accounts. This well-written volume sheds new light on the multifaceted experience of children's immigration, changing concepts of welfare, and Western expansion. It is good, scholarly social history."—Library Journal

Dysart s Orphan Train Children

Dysart s Orphan Train Children Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:122260614
Release 2006
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Dysart s Orphan Train Children has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Dysart s Orphan Train Children also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Dysart s Orphan Train Children book for free.

Orphan Trains to Missouri

Orphan Trains to Missouri Author Michael Patrick
ISBN-10 0826211216
Release 1997
Pages 112
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Discusses the use of orphan trains to place orphaned or abandoned children in homes in nineteenth-century Missouri.

Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains Author Rebecca Langston-George
ISBN-10 9781491485514
Release 2016-08-01
Pages 128
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In the mid-19th century, more than 30,000 orphans were homeless, living on the streets of New York City. They survived by selling newspapers, begging, and being brave. A minister named Charles Loring Brace came up with the idea of placing these orphans in homes in rural America. The Children's Aid Society was born. This book tells the compelling stories of seven orphans who rode the rails to new lives and families in the Midwest. Book jacket.

Orphan Train Rider

Orphan Train Rider Author Andrea Warren
ISBN-10 0395913624
Release 1998-09
Pages 80
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Taking place between 1854 and 1930, when more than 200,000 orphaned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes, this true-life story describes one boy's journey through foster homes, adoption agencies, and homeless shelters. Reprint.

Extra Extra

Extra  Extra Author Renée Wendinger
ISBN-10 0615297552
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 179
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Nineteenth century New York City- The orphan trains carried over 200,000 children west in what became the largest mass migration of children to take place on American soil. The collection of stories of these children who faced nearly insurmountable odds, the humanity of individuals caught up in the sweep of history is unmistakable. An exceptionally illustrated exhibit; the archival photos of newsboys and bootblacks surviving on the streets of New York. Hauntingly good! A classic nonfiction book with a facinating survey of American history which might have been a lifelong tragic loss. With this volume alone, this author has made the planet a better place. The beauty of this book is it falls straight across the literary spectrum for librarys, academics,and the general reading audience.

The Mystery of the Orphan Train

The Mystery of the Orphan Train Author Gertrude C. Warner
ISBN-10 9781453228951
Release 2011-11-01
Pages 122
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The Aldens visit an old Kansas inn that’s full of secrets! Nobody knows why a famous photographer visited the inn just to take a single picture. And what about the other legendary guest—a heroic young stranger who’d come west on an “orphan train?” The children discover a long-lost riddle that just might solve all these mysteries—if only they can solve it!

The Orphan Train Twins And Their White Horse Dream

The Orphan Train Twins  And Their White Horse Dream Author J. B. Patel
ISBN-10 9781483556901
Release 2015-07-31
Pages 200
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During the era of the orphan trains, up to a quarter of a million orphaned, neglected or abandoned children were removed mostly from larger populations and dispersed throughout the country. The lucky ones were adopted into well intentioned families, some were indentured, enslaved and terribly abused. What is it about the human spirit that allows some of those subjected to such treatment to rise above and succeed in spite their condition? The Orphan Train ran from 1854 until 1929, according to records at the Monroe County Library in Sparta, Wisconsin, the train stopped taking children from the Sparta facility in 1933. In 1878 Wisconsin built the ‘State School for Orphan and Dependent Children’ at Sparta Wisconsin. The facility was built near the railroad station to take advantage of the practice of shipping orphans to western states. On Tuesdays, children from the Sparta orphanage were added to others already on the train and sent west. The Orphan Train idea was born in New York which had about 30,000 street orphans in 1854. It is estimated, from 150,000 to 250,000 children were sent on trains all over the nation and Canada during the years the train was in existence. In the late 1800’s a parent or a guardian could merely drop an unwanted child off at the Sparta, Wisconsin center. The center would attempt to find a local home, if adoption, or indenture of those over twelve years old, did not occur, the child was put on the train. The train made stops from town to town, children would change into their ‘good’ or ‘show’ clothes and would be put on display. People wanting a child would have them sing or say a poem; they would push, pull, turn, check their teeth, squeeze their arms to check for muscle and otherwise jostle the orphans about to inspect and make selections. At the end of the train run, if nobody chose the child, the child was put back on the train and returned to New York. Some children over twelve were old enough to be indentured, in that case the family receiving the indentured child was supposed to educate them, provide food, clothing and a place to sleep. At the conclusion of the indenture, at eighteen years old, the child could be brought back to Sparta, in which case the family would be charged a fifty dollar fee. I have include stories of orphans adopted into good families and stories of children literally used like slaves, there are stories of the rejected and disenfranchised. The following stories are fictional, the basis for much of the writing was taken from actual occurrences. The first story is set late in the 1870s. The last story, “The Orphan Train Twins, and their White Horse Dream,” started in 1885. Unlike the lives of many of the orphans, in this story and most of the stories I write, everything turns out well in the end. One of the most difficult things to do while trying to write about the orphans is relate their feelings. It is difficult to communicate how the child would feel, in some instances it is heartbreaking just to attempt to ‘go there.’ In the final analysis, I’ll probably fail miserably in regard to portraying the joy or the heartbreak.