The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America
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The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America

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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
not what I expected
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.
Ann Hein
This is a non-fiction research paper giving the facts out the so-called Orphan Trains. I'll admit I didn't read every word, but found interesting and factual information which is a good background for reading some of the non-fiction works on this subject.
a little disappointing ... I was looking for a book more about the kids, but didn't want to read a memoir ... some good pieces but too much about the mechanics of the orphan organizations themselves
At times, the information seemed a bit repetitive or the book backtracked a bit when I wasn't expecting, but I really enjoyed learning more about this period of history.
It was an interesting read. I hadn't heard about orphan trains until I came across the book while on a trip in Nebraska.
I am so fascinated by the whole Orphan train story. This is one of the first books that I read on the subject.
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