Mail-Order Kid: An Orphan Train Rider's Story

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The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings and sexual abuse.
Perhaps half a million children, like Teresa, were plucked from ...
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The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings and sexual abuse.
Perhaps half a million children, like Teresa, were plucked from orphanages and shipped by rail (or "relocated") to nearly every state in the Union from 1854 to 1929.
Mail-Order Kid looks at the orphan train movement through the eyes of one small child who yearns to know her "real" mother, survives a tortured childhood, and ultimately, as an adult, comes to terms with her past, her faith, and herself.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780962631726
  • Publisher: "out West" Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 390,184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Loved this, wished there was more

    First book ive read on the topic and i was fascinated. This book was a great read. A triumphant story.

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