Wall Book Club Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm Wall Township Branch

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 17: Riding the Orphan Train

Wall Book Club Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm Wall Township Branch

Orphan Train, a historical fiction novel by Christina Baker Kline. I loved it.

Orphan Train, a historical fiction novel by Christina Baker Kline. I loved it.

The Orphan Train Movement 1854-1929.  a welfare program that transported children from crowded cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The trains relocated an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, reformers estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.

The Orphan Train Movement 1854-1929. a welfare program that transported children from crowded cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The trains relocated an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, reformers estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.

From the 1850s up through the 1920s, abandoned or homeless children in New York City were uprooted and put on trains that took them to rural communities. Here several children are lined up with the hopes that someone will take them to a new home.

From the 1850s up through the 1920s, abandoned or homeless children in New York City were uprooted and put on trains that took them to rural communities. Here several children are lined up with the hopes that someone will take them to a new home.

Orphan Train. These children truly were victims - lost parents, heritage, sold to the highest bidder across the states.

Orphan Train. These children truly were victims - lost parents, heritage, sold to the highest bidder across the states.

Penny's Review of Orphan Train. A wonderful read!

Book Review: Orphan Train

Penny's Review of Orphan Train. A wonderful read!

Some Orphan Train children were not so fortunate, and their lives became more miserable as they found themselves in homes where they were used chiefly for slave labor. In 1927, Nebraska and Kansas still allowed indenture of children.

Some Orphan Train children were not so fortunate, and their lives became more miserable as they found themselves in homes where they were used chiefly for slave labor. In 1927, Nebraska and Kansas still allowed indenture of children.

Map of where Orphan Train Children where distributed. Mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

Map of where Orphan Train Children where distributed. Mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

Orphan Train Riders stopped in Jamestown

The Orphan Train

Orphan Train Riders stopped in Jamestown

A powerful introduction/discussion starter about an almost forgotten period in American history.  The Orphan Train HD

A powerful introduction/discussion starter about an almost forgotten period in American history. The Orphan Train HD

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