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The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America
This is the story of a unique emigration and resettlement of at least 100,000 childrean and several thousand adults, from the East coast to the West in an attempt to find homes for the urban poor.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Bison Books
(first published 1992)
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This is a very impressive book in the amount of research that was done in writing it and how it all tied together so well. However, I would have liked more personal stories about the actual orphans, especially after having found from read the old Minden Couriers that children from the new York society had been placed in Minden. The first and last chapters, although necessary for such a book in setting up the background and explaining what happened afterward, were not so interesting to me. It was...more
The subject matter is fascinating, but the book was very dry, more like something you would read while doing research. My book club read it and felt the same. We have a member whose great-grandma came to Indiana on an orphan train, and made the discussion more interesting.