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The five decades between 1800 and 1850 saw the United States beginning a massive societal shift toward urbanization, especially in the North East. One result was the proliferation of orphans and runaways living on city streets. One man stepped up to try to solve the problem with an idea that would eventually affect nearly a quarter million orphans
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