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The Resource Orphan trains to Missouri, Michael D. Patrick, Evelyn Goodrich Trickel

Orphan trains to Missouri, Michael D. Patrick, Evelyn Goodrich Trickel

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Orphan trains to Missouri
Title
Orphan trains to Missouri
Statement of responsibility
Michael D. Patrick, Evelyn Goodrich Trickel
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Discusses the use of orphan trains to place orphaned or abandoned children in homes in nineteenth-century Missouri
  • "As an "orphan train" crossed the country, it left part of its cargo at each stop, a few children in one small town and a few in another. Even though farmers needed many hands for labor, most of the small farm communities could not or would not take all of the children on the train. As the train moved to its next stop, those children not taken feared no one would ever want them. Early immigration laws encouraged the poor of Europe to find new hope with new lives in the United States. But sometimes the immigrants exchanged a bad situation in their native country for an even worse one on the streets of New York and other industrial cities. As a result, the streets were filled with crowds of abandoned children that the police called "street arabs." Many New York citizens blamed the street arabs for crime and violence in the city and wanted them placed in orphan homes or prisons. In 1853 a man by the name of Charles Loring Brace, along with other well-to-do men in New York City, founded the Children's Aid Society. The society planned to give food, lodging, and clothing to homeless children and provide educational and trade opportunities for them. But the number of children needing help was so large that the Children's Aid Society was unable to care for them, and Brace developed a plan to send many of the children to the rural Midwest by train. He was convinced that the children of the streets would find many benefits in rural America. In 1854 he persuaded the board of the society to send the first trainload of orphans west. With this, the orphan trains were born. Cheap fares, the central location of the state, and numerous small farming towns along the railroad tracks made Missouri the perfect hub for the orphan trains, even though many areas of the state were still largely unsettled. Researchers have estimated that from 150,000 to 400,000 children were sent out on orphan trains, with perhaps as many as 100,000 being placed in Missouri. Orphan Trains to Missouri documents the history of the children on those Orphan Trains, their struggles, their successes, and their failures. Touching stories of volunteers who oversaw the placement of the orphans as well as stories of the orphans themselves make this a rich record of American and midwestern history."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1935-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Patrick, Michael
Dewey number
362.73/4/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV985
LC item number
.P39 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1932-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Trickel, Evelyn
  • University of Missouri Press
Series statement
Missouri heritage readers
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children's Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)
  • Orphan trains
  • Orphans
  • Abandoned children
  • Adoptees
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Orphan trains to Missouri, Michael D. Patrick, Evelyn Goodrich Trickel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-106) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36630048
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 112 pages
Isbn
9780826211217
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
97012244
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Orphan trains to Missouri, Michael D. Patrick, Evelyn Goodrich Trickel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-106) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36630048
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 112 pages
Isbn
9780826211217
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
97012244
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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