Many poor immigrants coming to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries left poverty and oppression only to discover that conditions were not much better in the new world Orphanages could not hold all the homeless children. Beginning in 1854, charitable organizations in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families. As the train made its stops the children were lined up on courthouse lawns to be examined by prospective families. In a series of interviews with orphan train riders and their decedents Charlotte Endorf shares their touching stories. The last generation of Orphan Train riders is still living in towns across the United States. This book was written so that this very important segment of American History would not be lost.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.24(d)|
What People are Saying About This
"I traveled 3,000 miles sometimes to end up with a no show when a family had changed their mind and decided not to share their story with me! Those were very discouraging times, I admit. Patience and persistence were key values! Today my family dresses up in 1800"s attire bringing the book to life to the delight of schools, libraries, town festivals, etc. I made a promise to one of the riders who was adamant that this American history should not be 'swept under the carpet' that I'd keep this history alive. He passed away before he could see the book published. It's in he and his brothers memories. Join the many others who have enjoyed this quick read with over 100 photos. Get your copy today and then please take the time to return with a review!" --(Charlotte Endorf, author)