Alone in the World: Orphans and Orphanages in America

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 135 pages
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Orphanages and other homes for children have long fueled the imaginations and fantasies of young people. In the first book of its kind, award-winning nonfiction author Catherine Reef uncovers the true history of orphanages, revealing what it was like to eat, sleep, study, and play in such institutions, why children were sent to live there in the first place (not always because their parents were dead), what happened to them after they left, and more. Carefully researched and vividly brought to life through accessible writing, first-hand accounts, and more than 70 compelling archival photographs and prints, this intriguing piece of our country's history should satisfy all curiosity seekers. Endnotes, bibliography, index.
 

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Contents

Thrown upon the World
1
Asylum Children
17
CHAPTERS Saving Youthful Hearts
33
Let Society Beware
49
CHAPTERS SoldiersOrphans
65
Everybodys Business
83
CHAPTER? This Army of Children
101
Where Life Led Some of the Children
119
Selected Bibliography
127
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Catherine Reef is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. Her books for Clarion include the highly acclaimed JOHN STEINBECK and SIGMUND FREUD, which was the recipient of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She lives in College Park, Maryland.

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