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The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment

The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment

Update: 2019-12-2057
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Between 1854 and 1929, 250,000 orphans - at peril in the dangerous, overcrowded streets of New York - were placed on trains and sent west to live with new families. A desperate solution to a desperate problem, some of the stories turned out well and some far from well. The bond between the riders lives on in their descendants, many of whom continue to search for answers about their ancestry. Mo talks to the daughter of a rider, plumbs the CBS News archives for voices of the riders themselves, and tracks down the last survivor.

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April

The Dollop did an episode on this. Things got bad when people started stealing kids from the streets on NYC.

Jan 28th
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Paul Jeffers

Like many, never new. Thank you.

Dec 31st
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Ursa Minor

Part of the "throw away people" in the long line of English/American classism. In the cracks of forgotten, rewritten, ignored History, is this stark ugly reality mentioned in the fine book "White Trash". It's an excellent, heartbreaking account that adds so much perspective to our history.

Dec 29th
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Renee Garcia

I thought this was fascinating. Good work

Dec 22nd
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The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment

The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment