The Orphan Train

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The Orphan Train

The Orphan Train

20 Facts*The Orphan Train took place between 1854-1929*There was any where from 50,000 to 250,000 children that took the orphan train*The children ranged anywhere from newborns to 14 year old kids*Most of the orphans were white*Kids with illnesses or mental disabilites were hard to find homes for*Most adopters picked the kids they thought looked the best*Some of the kids would bite and kick to get away from adopters*The train stopped at 45 states in cluding Canada and Mexico to find these children safe homes*In the beggining traveling for the orphans wasn't nice, but as years went by and money was availabel they were sometimes able to ride in cars*Before the orphan train many of the orphans had comitted crimes just to get some food*Once on the orphan train the children weren't suppose to talk about their families*Most of the younger children easily forgot about their pasts,though the olders ones had a very difficult time with this*The orphan train was one of the biggest reasons for foster care and a lot of other children laws*The children were sometimes told to laugh, dance, and play to get attention from adopters*There wasn't really any records kept about the children and what happened to them*Most of the time the children would be inspected like live stock*Out of all the children that road on the train a few of them made something out of them selfs, 2 became governor, 1 congressman, 3 county commissioner, also numerous bankers, lawyers, physicians, journalist, ministers, teachers, and businessman *Charles Loring Brace was one of the biggest supports and helpers with the orphan train*There was this theory that these inccoent children of the poor Catholics and Jews should have chance to a better life*Some times parents took advantage of the orphan train "serves" for they're own good *In the 1920's the number of orphans dropped dramatically thanks to the orphan trainSource Cards"Adpotion History: Orphan Trains." Adoption History: Orphan Trains. N.p., n.d. Web 30 April. 2014"History." National Orphan Train Complex. N.p., n.d. Web 24 April 2014PBS. PBS, n.d. Web 22 April. 2014"The Orphan Trains." The Childrens Aid Society. N.p., n.d. Web Apr. 2014.Warren, Andear. "The Orphan Train; All Aboard For The Largest Migration of Childern In History." Student Resource Center-College Edition. Gale, 1998. Web 22 Apr. 2014

"Saddest part was most of the time adpoters couldn't take more than on kid, so they would have to leave brothers and sisters behind." (History Pg. 1)

"I want that boy because he has his hair combed, and i'm sure he's a good little boy. He doesn't appear as rough as the rest." (All Aboard For The Largest Migration of Children in History Pg.1)

"I would give a hundred worlds like this, if I could see my mother." (The Orphan Trains)

"When a child of the streets stands before you in rags, with a tear stained face, you cannot easily forget them. Yet, you are perplexed what to do. The uman soul is difficult to interfere with. You hesitate how far you should go." (The Orphan Trains Pg.1)

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(Christian Baker Kline Pg. 1)

(Orphan Train 1)

(National Orphan Train Complex Pg.1)

In these picture it shows 3 homeless boys. And how their lifes were before the orphan train.

In this picture it shows it some of the boys who rode on the orphan train. As they stand in front of the adopters trying to find new, safe, and happy homes.

In this picture it shows a bunch of the children that took part in riding the orphan train. Which helped changed their lifes for the better

"I'd give anything to have meet my parents." (Orphan Train Pg.1)

This viedo shows what it would of been like to be homeless, or live in a orphanage. Then it goes on to explain how the orphan trains changed their lifes.


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