Orphan Trains

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 1994 - History - 264 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ideals Demands and Motivations
9
A Plan for Little Wanderers
41
Others Think of a Home Over There
80
A Plan Embattled
118
The Close of an Era
156
Epilogue
188
Notes
195
Bibliographical Essay
225
Index
237
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Marilyn Irvin Holt, former director of publications at the Kansas State Historical Society; is a freelance editor, writer, and researcher and teaches historical editing at the University of Kansas.

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