The Orphan Trains

The Orphan Trains

Book - 2006
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Learn about the homeless city children who were taken out West to have new homes in the early 1900s.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. Compass Point Books c2006
ISBN: 9780756516352
Characteristics: 48 p. ill. (some col.), col. map 24 cm


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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 children, who were either orphaned, or whose parents were unable to take care of them, were taken by train to the Midwest, where they were adopted. This worked out beautifully in some cases, but not very well in others.


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