Emily's Story - The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider

Emily s Story The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America s not so distant past that nearly children could be loaded on trains in large cities on our East Coast sent to the rural Midwest and

  • Title: Emily's Story - The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider
  • Author: Clark Kidder
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America s not so distant past that nearly 200,000 children could be loaded on trains in large cities on our East Coast sent to the rural Midwest and presented for the picking to anyone who expressed an interest in them.That is exactly what happened between the years 1854 and 1930 The primitive social experiment becaIt seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America s not so distant past that nearly 200,000 children could be loaded on trains in large cities on our East Coast sent to the rural Midwest and presented for the picking to anyone who expressed an interest in them.That is exactly what happened between the years 1854 and 1930 The primitive social experiment became known as placing out, and had its origins in a New York City organization founded by Charles Loring Brace called the Children s Aid Society The Society gathered up orphans, half orphans, and abandoned children from streets and orphanages, and placed them on what are now referred to as Orphan Trains It was Brace s belief that there was always room for one at a farmer s table The stories of the individual children involved in this great migration of little emigrants have nearly all been lost in the attic of American history In this book, the author tells the true story of his paternal grandmother the late Emily Reese Kidder who, at the tender age of fourteen, became one of the aforementioned children who rode an Orphan Train In 1906, Emily was plucked from the Elizabeth Home for Girls, operated by the Children s Aid Society, and placed on a train, along with eight other children, bound for Hopkinton, Iowa Emily s journey, as it turned out, was only just beginning Life had many lessons in store for her lessons that would involve overcoming adversity of perseverance, love, and great loss Emily s story is told through the use of primary material, oral history, interviews, and historical photographs It is a tribute to the human spirit of an extraordinary young girl who became a woman a woman to whom the heartfelt phrase there s no place like home had a very profound meaning.192 pp illus paper, English ISBN 10 0615153135 ISBN 13 978 0615153131Library Control Number 2007905288

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