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Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York

by Renee Wendinger

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615297552, Library Binding)

Over 200,000 children were placed out on orphan trains from 1854 through 1929. The transfer was the first emigration plan and largest mass migration of children ever to take place on American soil. The incredible journey for these children of the train belong exclusively to those who rode the rails from the East Coast, particularly New York, to all points West across America to find family homes. Wendinger, a daughter of an orphan train rider, assembles stories of children who faced nearly insurmountable odds. From agonizing letters written by desperate mothers to news stories of the latest train or of newsboys looking out for each other, the story gives way to the tough times, personal clashes, and ultimate triumphs and tribulations of the children of the train. What others are saying about this book: " A candid, humbling, but ultimately inspiring look at a very particular theme and period in American history. The archival photos of newsboys and bootblacks surviving on the streets of New York. Hauntingly good! The yearbook-like sketches of orphan train children; a highlight. With this volume alone, Renée Wendinger has made the planet a better place." Norfleet Press president, John Graham Tucker, New York, New York. "An absolutely incredible book! A fascinating story written by a very talented author who portrays the children's stories so well. Classic images of our distant past, the pictures are beautiful! This book is a "have got to pick up." A concentrated New York College course has been built upon this accomplished book alone." Art and Susan Zuckerman, Steve Duer, Radio WVOX, New York, New York. " This book belongs on the shelf in collected works of every library. Wendinger reveals the heroic work undertaken by the New York Foundling and Children's Aid Society, envisioning a part of American history which might have been a lifelong tragic loss. A genuine book of excellence!" Diana Serra Cary, author & actress Hollywood, California.

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