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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas.

©1996 Andrea Warren (P)2013 AudioGO

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Byron
  • 11/09/2013

Great short story of a part of our history!

In years past, as today, there have always been children who find themselves needing a home outside of their birth families. In earlier times, families often took in orphaned, or needy children, then immigration and poor jobs and wages, made this all but impossible. This book tells the story of one man's solution to this problem. A pastor decided that there was a better solution than housing kids in orphanages. Thus the Orphan Trains were started from the Children's Aid Society.

Orphan Trains took inner city kids cross country to give families in the Midwest and south an opportunity to choose kids from the trains to become a part of their family. Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 children were placed into families by this method. This book tells one man's journey from his mother's death to his final placement into a good home. Lee Nailing tells his story from abandonment by his father, splitting up of his siblings, to becoming the "son" of a wonderful family. He eventually got in touch with a couple of his surviving siblings too. Parts of other children's experiences were interspersed within this story. Some poor experiences, but mostly good ones.

Children from these trains generally grew up to be good productive citizens, including one governor, a leader in Alaska, leaders in other children's aid groups, and other community leaders. Very interesting book, good for adults and for teaching children about this part of history. Pictures included.

7 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • J&J
  • 11/11/2020

Very Dry lecture, better to listen to historical fiction

This book is told as a dry recap of the historical tragedy surrounding the Great Depression; A time when people were so poor and jobs so scarce, people were starving and unable to feed their families. This tragic circumstance caused a proliferation of orphaned and abandoned children. The Orphan Train was a humane way to deal with providing homes to the overwhelming number of orphaned kids, but the oversight post adoption was lacking. There were no laws in place regarding adoption at this time, and while many children found good homes, many were not so fortunate.
This historical tragedy is better told in stories such as “Orphan Train” written by Christina Baker Kline, and , “Before We Were Yours” written by Lisa Wingate . There are many interesting books available, but this one does not really portray this heart wrenching time in history in a meaningful way.

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara
  • 12/08/2015

Page turner

I loved this book. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • TCS
  • 19/07/2021

Great introduction to this history

I’ve read fictional stories based on The Orphan Trains, so I found a true story insightful. Of course, this is only one of many stories, and one with a positive outcome, so the book is simply a glimpse of the reality that took place due to this practice. If you know nothing about The Orphan Trains, this is a great place to start…. such a double-edged sword practice this was.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joseph Lesley
  • 11/06/2021

Adults and teens alike will enjoy

Captivating history not often shared. Great for a book project because so many options for writing and not long

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • James Vanderbeck
  • 10/06/2021

Great listen

History at its best! Totally enjoyed listening to this story. Enjoyed reading about the goodness of people for a change.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ~naomi~
  • 05/06/2021

Great informational story!

Great informational story. Good mix of background information, main story, and supporting quotes from those with similar experiences.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Miget Kids
  • 29/05/2021

Moved me to tears

I like the presentation, another reviewer wanted the story to be historical fiction but this was perfect. The words & thoughts of the actual orphans were so honest & heartfelt. The ‘success stories’ of the train riders at the end of the book were the cherry on top!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 25/04/2021

Relieved that this was a positive story!

This is a story I wasn’t aware of. I’m just really glad that this story wasn’t based on child abuse. And because there is a possibility that another story may contain child abuse, I will not continue with this this series of stories.

The narrator did a great job.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • stetsonlily
  • 09/04/2021

an unexpected uplifting story about character of u

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