Orphan Trains

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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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  • I thought it was going to be about train lines that found themselves orphaned from the main line, like The Cannon Ball. 🤣

    Stephen HaennStephen HaennӨдрийн өмнө
  • The Folk Singing band Plainfolk from Massachusetts wrote a song about the orphan trains.

    Booger414Booger4142 өдрийн өмнө
  • I thought this was going to be about one-off wildcat railroad lines. Never heard of Orphan Trains before.

    Grecco BucklianoGrecco Buckliano2 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Once I rode an orphan train..." mnthe.info/bill/video/r5epyGzRqYyFn4Q (If you hear that song and don't feel a tear welling up, go see a doctor.)

    ThePeaceableKingdomThePeaceableKingdom4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hershey Chocolate ran a pretty good orphanage. My economics teacher was raised in the Hershey orphanage.

    Seth BSeth B4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I think this is the best video yet.

    FarajarafFarajaraf5 өдрийн өмнө
  • An interesting subject now please look into the Masonic home for children.

    World TravelerWorld Traveler8 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Anne of Green Gables" is a story about one such orphan. Matthew wanted a boy, to help on the farm. Anne was delivered instead.

    Bert van AalsburgBert van Aalsburg9 өдрийн өмнө
  • As someone who was adopted, this vid has personal meaning. I’m part of the Boardwalk Empire - one of many born from flings between summer workers. Was born in the Frank Sinatra wing of Atlantic City General Hospital.

    honeysucklecathoneysucklecat9 өдрийн өмнө
  • I loved that smirk you got when you mentioned your wife. You are a beautiful person Mr. History Guy.

    Israel WikkerinkIsrael Wikkerink9 өдрийн өмнө
  • It was a similar story in every country in the UK we had workhouses for orphans with a very big emphasis on WORK! Terrible places where the kids were exploited, and often abused. A few lucky ones would be sold to good homes but most ended up in mills or other industrial premises where they were worked hard. Many suffered early deaths from the combined effects of disease, malnutrition, accident or mistreatment. The industrial revolution was a very bloody affair and its effects on people has been overlooked in favour of its benefits and achievements.

    Tango6nfTango6nf10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Did, Anne of Green Gables, use an example of an Orphan Train?

    Stephanie BrownStephanie Brown10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sir, I was raised in a children's (Orphans) home in Xenia, Ohio. It was started for orphaned children, after the Civil War. Thousands of children were raised their, through their 18th birthday. It's history, is definitely worth remembering. It's now closed, having been bought by a religious organization. It was called the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans home. Located in Xenia, Ohio.

    David SDavid S12 өдрийн өмнө
  • 13:24 dat smile tho

    Lord MarcusLord Marcus12 өдрийн өмнө
  • My grandmother was on one of those trains. She grew up to raise 11 kids. (my dad was #5)

    dementedfurbiedementedfurbie12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have seen a documentary about this some were good stories some not so much more like slave labour

    Cornbreadfed KirkpatrickCornbreadfed Kirkpatrick12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'm picturing one of those orphan auctions like the scene in Star Wars where the Jawas pull up to farmsteads to sell droids. "I've got no need for a protocol orphan" "That one's got a bad motorvator! Look!"

    David HansonDavid Hanson12 өдрийн өмнө
  • what a fabulous personal note!

    Claudia EllisClaudia Ellis13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love how Mrs. History Guy provides a connection between history and now. It reminds me of how all history effects us now.

    Josh PierceJosh Pierce13 өдрийн өмнө
  • So the Aid Society started out as a good premise but has had shitty execution since literally Day 1. Good to know. Great video

    Michelle SerenadeMichelle Serenade13 өдрийн өмнө
  • On a note related to orphans, in the early 1990s I had a patient who was abandoned as a child. Her mother came to a hospital in Texas, has her then left. This was about 1930. With no one to claim her and before the days of child protective services it fell to the nurses to find her a home. They asked around among their friends, members of their parishes, extended family and neighbors. Apparently the difficulties of the time made it hard to find someone to take her in. Eventually and older nurse whose own children had grown and left the house took her home. My patient said she could of not found a more loving mother. Her family lore was that because it was something of a sudden decision, her adopted mother neglected to tell her husband about the new family member and he returned from his night shift at work to find his wife asleep in bed with a bassinet by the bed. We forget, with our current professionalized social service system, that for millennia most social care was provided in an ad hoc manner within a clan or family group.

    Mike MillerMike Miller13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I can't help thinking of short story "The little Match Girl" by my fellow countryman, Hans Christian Andersen. 😥

    John JohansenJohn Johansen14 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is a program that I had heard about, when I was a kid myself. There are always going to be pluses and minuses in any endeavor that is undertaken. Congratulations on being picked by that pretty girl on The Wife Train.

    Robert QuebergRobert Queberg14 өдрийн өмнө
  • My grandmother's cousin (adopted) was from NY, raised in NW Arkansas, and was on the orphan train. Her sisters were separated from her, and her brother ran away from the Catholic orphanage and lived on the streets of NYC. She eventually connected with her sisters. She said she was too old to be cute and too young to work hard so it took all the way to Arkansas before anyone would adopt her. Her first "parent" beat her and the woman's husband found someone else to take her. When old it was found she had a healed broken bone in the hip, which she attributed to the beating with a broom by that first woman. Her mother died in birthing and her father was a barber who died within a couple years. I still have the only doll she ever owned. This may well be your best video.

    Rocks and OilRocks and Oil14 өдрийн өмнө
  • I used to like your channel. Particularly appreciated your Australian videos. But so many promos now which really put me off.

    Vivian LucasVivian Lucas14 өдрийн өмнө
  • ...because every good sponsorship messages involves pirates?

    James PettsJames Petts14 өдрийн өмнө
  • America the melting pot of the WORLD Ohio the heart of it all believe that

    Michael BrooksMichael Brooks15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well, if nothing else, it was an inventive solution to a genuine problem.

    PyrinsomniacPyrinsomniac15 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had relatives in Nebraska that took in an “Orphan” it turned out that he was several years older than his listed age and assumed identity. He gave the family quite a bit of trouble until the family was able to determine that this “boy” had a younger sister that he was desperate to locate. Remarkably this rural farming family was able, with some difficulty, locate the sister and reunite the family. There were dire predictions about what would happen but none came to pass. Although this young man never lost his quick temper as long as his sister was well taken care of he remained a productive citizen. Their decedents live in Nebraska to this day.

    David LyleDavid Lyle15 өдрийн өмнө
  • A potential history video topic is the very recent orphanage tragedy of Romania discovered in 1990 m.mnthe.info/bill/video/bMp60XmTdaqLm6I

    thomasking55thomasking5515 өдрийн өмнө
  • How about the history of Seismic oil and gas exploration in the United States

    spedman 40spedman 4016 өдрийн өмнө
  • I bet the Michael Jackson's loved that program. Oy!

    claudermillerclaudermiller16 өдрийн өмнө
  • The sweetest smile @13:25

    Bryan KennedyBryan Kennedy16 өдрийн өмнө
  • The steal train coming home I would take it if I could And I would not lie to you Sunday morning soon will come

    TimothyTimothy17 өдрийн өмнө
  • wonderful narration of what was lost american history,

    Tony GiffTony Giff17 өдрийн өмнө
  • I remember a made for tv movie about the orphan train years ago, late 70s or early 80s I believe.

    cattus lavandulacattus lavandula17 өдрийн өмнө
  • While everyone's sharing wondrous anecdotes. Matching the type of people who just go pick up children like stray animals especially at a time when child abuse wasn't a crime as children were chattel. People who wanted Slave people 206 Slave people who wanted disposable humans

    cdreid99999cdreid9999917 өдрийн өмнө
  • my mom was born in 1929, the youngest one of 9 children, all but the oldest was taken and put in an orphanage because their mother couldn't take care of them. luckily she was adopted by a childless couple at 12, my father born in 1925 was luckier, he was an only child raised by a single mom

    uncle reeleruncle reeler17 өдрийн өмнө
  • The is an interesting subject in our family, both of my wife's maternal grandparents were adoptees. They seem to have been adopted as babies so maybe the Orphan Trains route doesn't fit but the timing and locations do. Their families eventually came to southern California where GP and GM met and married. Perhaps because they both were orphans with hardly a clue of their origins they found a common bond that sealed their relationship. Per ancestry DNA my wife is finding hundreds of "cousins" but so far none close enough to triangulate who the two sets of birth parents were. Someday maybe!

    Paul LiebenbergPaul Liebenberg17 өдрийн өмнө
  • I think the majority would have fared better than living on the streets of New York.

    Sean WorkmanSean Workman18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Humans are not perfect. Our history proves truth to this point. It is you and I by our deeds that will give tomorrow a better chance then today.

    Northbound 65Northbound 6518 өдрийн өмнө
  • The story of the boy who bit the man's finger as told by the boy as an adult is thus. The man stuck his finger in the boy's mouth to inspect his teeth like a farm animal. I would have bit him too.

    dictaredictare18 өдрийн өмнө
  • big rotten apple

    longfootbuddylongfootbuddy18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for this insight to this dark period in US history. Grandaughter, eh? Small world.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I don't bother trying to remember passwords, just click 'forgot password' every time.

    Y BY B18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Foster care seems to be driven by money.

    tugquarlestugquarles18 өдрийн өмнө
  • When I was growing up we had a neighbor whose young son (same age as my brother) died in an accident involving car repair that I don't clearly remember. After that, and until his death a few years ago, this man fostered dozens of children alongside his own, sometimes several at a time. They were well treated, but I recall some horror stories.

    Wendy ChavezWendy Chavez18 өдрийн өмнө
  • My daughters 6th generation grandfather was , Charles Loring Brace. A man willing to try a solution for a great problem. A good man.

    Cynthia BeckenbaughCynthia Beckenbaugh18 өдрийн өмнө
  • you should do a video on the evacuation of children from England's cities before the blitz.

    Jean-Luc MartelJean-Luc Martel18 өдрийн өмнө
  • My great-grandmother was in an orphanage/girl's workhouse in Peoria IL and was adopted in 1895. Her blonde curls made her stand out and helped her find a home.

    Cern GreenCern Green18 өдрийн өмнө
  • Cheers from Hazelwood Mo.

    Maria HaugMaria Haug19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I hate password. Where I need a password I have a very complicated word. I do not think we need passwords on everything.

    John BrockJohn Brock19 өдрийн өмнө
    • I hate them too. That is one reason that NordPass is so convenient.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I became a foster home back in 1997, it's not EZ but worth the effort. I wouldn't change a thing. I now have foster grandkids. Thanks H.G. for a great piece of history.

    mike marinmike marin19 өдрийн өмнө
  • The last of these trains reached its destination in Sulphur Springs Texas where I was born. While my mother wasn’t board until 1937, she almost certainly knew the children of one of these children. I will try to find out.

    David DennisDavid Dennis19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I wonder if genealogists have much success tracing the ancestry of those children.

    Al GrosserAl Grosser19 өдрийн өмнө
  • You lost lip-sync along the way...

    John PinckneyJohn Pinckney19 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Anything you say"... &... "Whatever" were my "go to" statements growing up as a foster kid...

    Joel AtteberryJoel Atteberry19 өдрийн өмнө
  • My grandfather on my mom's side of the family was one of the children sent over from London, England as one of the “home children” to Canada in the late 1800s. He was lucky as the people he was placed with treated him decently. He was allowed to attend school but had many chores to do. When he was 18 the family he was with helped him to find a job with the Canadian National Railway and he worked with them for 45 years. He didn't talk much about his past, just that he was Welsh by birth and his family moved to London for work and both his parents died when he was just 9 years old and he was then on the streets till he was caught up and sent over. Not all the children from this program had an easy time, many were badly abused and made to work hard.

    Kitty KatKitty Kat19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Orphan Train - Dry Branch Fire Squad mnthe.info/bill/video/ZdCgj2uZcrCos64

    xrysorybaxrysoryba19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great story (as usual). Thought I might send a note thanking those of you involved in the production of The History Guy channel. Always a bright spot in the day when a new episode appears ! Was just browsing your About section on your webpage and chuckled to myself when reading the statement that you "talk too fast but am working on that". Being an individual who frequently used to say "the wrong thing" when talking fast, I purposely slowed down to catch myself before verbal mistakes are blurted out and now seem to notice how fast most people do talk. Since you are likely reading from a script with prior proof reading eliminating any possible mistakes, speaking at warp speed is very excusable. Having found times being in a very relaxed mood and have any trouble contending with the speed of your delivery, I just access the MNthe settings icon and slow down the playback speed. History Guy now in relaxed mood, too.

    FantmFantm19 өдрийн өмнө
  • This was facinating I appreciate the sensitivity applied to this topic. Carry on

    Elizabeth HarttleyElizabeth Harttley19 өдрийн өмнө
  • History guy have you ever heard of the gun battle at Ingalls, Ok? The Wild bunch shot it out with the federal Marshall’s during the Indian territory days of Oklahoma. Might make a good story.

    Dewey IveyDewey Ivey19 өдрийн өмнө
  • This would NOT work these days. To many predatory pedophiles out there. Scary to think how many of those kids fell prey to those monsters back them (they did exist, but it was hush hush back then)😭. I am glad a few did good and found good families.

    equargequarg19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hah that twist at the end was the best ever

    Jons LGJons LG19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I saw a insane interview on MNthe a few years ago where a 70 year old woman decided to get a DNA test since she was adapted. She had been adapted out and raised by an African American family. Welp. The DNA test revealed she was 100% Italian. 😳 She still had living “white” siblings she got to meet. In the interview, she admitted having to have a “family meeting” to explain the results to her husband, kids, and family. When asked what did she identified as now, she sank in her chair a little, rolled her eyes, and said, “I still like Jazz”........ At 70, I guess whatever she feel like that morning. Makes you really think about “Nuture Vs Nature”.

    equargequarg19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Until after WW2, adaption of children was often secret, not talked about, or never mentioned. As a result.....sometimes “surprises” happen. A few generation later. Especially with DNA Tests. My previous bosses sister had a “surprise” when she gave birth to a healthy baby girl...who looked “black”. Both parents were “white”. DNA tests just came out, and amid the screaming and accusations of adultery...a staff member gathered DNA samples. Turns out, the man was the father, and unknown to his family his Great Grandfather had been African American. The baby was a ”throwback” to that Grandfather. The couple is still married, but they have to constantly explain their now 10 year old girl is not adapted! Husband had to sleep on the sofa for falsely accusing the wife of adultery for a few months apparently.😅 Edit. These secrets often pop up a few generations later when a “odd baby” is born. A white couple will have a dark colored child, and a black couple will have a blue eyed blond baby.....or other “ results”. Sometimes DNA combos in the womb can be really odd, and not be either parents fault. One couple, who both looked Hispanic, but had “white” moms, had a dark skinned baby come out with light blind hair. Nurse😰.........any blonds in the family? Father: yep, both our moms! Nurse: oh thank goodness! Edit: Heck, they are now discovering “mistakes” made by labs and fertility clinics who offer artificial insemination. Or Sperm clinics who instead of using the “seed” only 3-4 times.....have in one mans case made 100 babies with it. One “white couple” went thru immense trauma because the mother was given the fertilized embryos of two different Asian couples instead of her own after fertilization. This was realized right after the two babies were born!!!! They were beyond devastated, plus no one knew where their embryos were. That made the evening news......... A few years ago a couple went thru artificial insemination and it became obvious “something was up with one of the twin boys”. They were “white” one kid kid was not. Turns out a dna test showed a tech got careless fertilizing the women’s eggs. He contaminated the needle used with the sperm of 2 men. The husbands and an unwitting innocent black mans. The two couple got together, and decided to let the two baby boys stay together since the two were really bonded. They had the same mom, just different dads, and it was the labs fault. They decided to let the kid decided when he is ready to meet his biological father. Maybe they could work out a duel parenting agreement since the black couple have still not been able to have kids still. The special showed the two boys from a distance, and it was clear that separating them would be cruel. They were really close.

    equargequarg19 өдрийн өмнө
  • It has already been well established by science that the risk of transmission of the virus outside is miniscule. Sunlight is more lethal to it than originally guessed. (So much of this is just guesswork but they claim it's "science." Well, yes, in the sense that science often starts with a wild-ass guess. But they usually don't insist that their guesses are proven facts.) This is another case of continuing to tell the public not-so-Nobel Lies, because if they tell us that the risk of covid transmission outside is next to zero, we might... I don't know, acting as if the risk of covid transmission outside is next to zero? They can't have that. They need us cowed and following orders like good little Nazi citizens. So Biden replaces an old, outdated, discredited lie with a new, fresh but also-discredited lie. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people can exercise outdoors or with members of their household without a mask. The CDC added that fully vaccinated people can hold small gatherings outdoors with others who are inoculated, or with a mix of unvaccinated people, without face coverings. The agency did not define how big those gatherings can be, and said Americans should still wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces. Wow, let us kneel and pray gratitude towards our Overlords and High Priests

    Richy KayRichy Kay19 өдрийн өмнө
  • I had absolutely no knowledge of this whole thing. Thanks HG.

    simplyamazingsimplyamazing19 өдрийн өмнө
  • “All aboard the Orphan Train, first stop: the workhouse, with continuing service to Epstein Island.”

    josh656josh65619 өдрийн өмнө
  • My great great grandad was in an orphanage in Michigan because his dad was a merchant marine on the lakes and their mom, no ancestry as to her whereabouts. My great great grandad ran away from a farmer who picked him from the orphanage to work on the farm. Thus ended up in northern Michigan

    David SouthwellDavid Southwell19 өдрийн өмнө
  • A fascinating horrific and yet gratifying bit of history. That the children were "given away" or otherwise considered incorrigible and sent to live with folks for whom there was little or no checking of references or intent is pitiful. As is the blatent racism the "system'" incorporated. But, for those who took in the children with open arms there must surely be a special place in heaven, too. And, based on statistics today, a child in a more rural environment is ultimately in a safer environment with more opportunity for an education and better health. Great work H.G. and Mrs. H.G.

    Richard MourdockRichard Mourdock19 өдрийн өмнө
  • As a man who lived a portion of his life in an orphanage (an experience I wrote about in my book, The Homeless Man's Journal) I really liked this video. It was certainly interesting and struck a chord with me, given my own history. Like the Orphan Train children, I have witnessed many of my fellow Orphans go on to live a life renewed, and others who never seemed to escape destitution. The stories of those who society often overlooks is assuredly, if I may, "history that deserves to be remembered." Stories like this serve as a reminder that even the meekest among us can do great things. I have enjoyed many of The History Guy's videos, but this is a new favorite. Great job.

    Shayne WhitakerShayne Whitaker19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Your title is "Orphan Trains". But, you neglected the orphan trains of Native American children to the east. My great great grandmother was one of them.

    Ronald ErbRonald Erb19 өдрийн өмнө
  • 02:49 "Because your password deservecs to be remembered". Oh... I see what you are doing there. Very clever. Yes, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me. Hee hee... 😅 😂 🤣

    Herr UnsinnHerr Unsinn19 өдрийн өмнө
  • There were similar programs in the UK, sending children to Australia, which ran till the 60s. It now turns out that quite a few of them were very badly treated and abused. Things done with the best of intentions so often go astray.

    Peter ScottPeter Scott19 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Your passwords, need to be remembered"...... THG......😁 😂 😃 😄 😅 Then, Why do I need Nord?

    Albert ChehadeAlbert Chehade19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Have you ever thought about doing a video about the Kindertransport?

    Trevor MarronTrevor Marron19 өдрийн өмнө
    • Or the Home Children?

      Trevor MarronTrevor Marron19 өдрийн өмнө
  • To modern ears, this sounds horrible... Good documentary of an unknown history

    Sheri RobinsonSheri Robinson19 өдрийн өмнө
  • "Faced discrimination because of ... " ... We all face that every day.

    KLRJUNEKLRJUNE19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Up to this day there is a practice of poor families giving up their children to do household work for better off families. The modem American looks down on this practice, especially when it's done by people of color. The orphan train story offers a chance to evaluate how we look at any event in our own past with rose colored glasses, even when it's the same practice that we find detestable in others. If the study of history only fills you with warm sentimental feelings, you're not studying history.

    polanvepolanve19 өдрийн өмнө
  • You should continue with a story on Georgia Tan.

    S RagsdaleS Ragsdale19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Jon Levi has very intriguing videos on what was really going on with orphan trains.

    Mr AndersonMr Anderson19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Mr Guy, Sir, well done!

    d mcd mc19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Holy cow...the history guy has a tangible connection with a story he tells about...too bad it didn't involve pirates..cause don't all good stories invole pirates? 😁😁

    Earl RobertsEarl Roberts20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Your face lit up when you mentioned your wife. So thankful you brought this to our attention. Needs to be taught in schools.

    janine harrisonjanine harrison20 өдрийн өмнө
  • We have not heard anything from your wife in a while

    Rafael NathanRafael Nathan20 өдрийн өмнө
  • From one homeless descendant to another, God Bless you

    Julian PalmerJulian Palmer20 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is a song by Tom Russell called “Rider on an Orphan Train” about children torn from their siblings and sent who know where. I dare you not to cry. Canada had the same sort of orphan trains, taking British children and sending them to Canada. The Barnardo Children (named for Dr. Thomas John Barnardo opened orphanages for poor children.) and similar efforts by the Catholic Church. The Barnardo children were put en mass on trains travelling across Canada. Some children were adopted by living, caring people who couldn’t have children. But many were taken by farmers who simply saw them as free labour. They might be given a bed in the kitchen but many were put iut in the barn, alone, ill clothed, with inadequate bedding and no heat. Many didn’t get the same food as the family, eating scraps and slop. Many were beaten. Sexual abuse was not unknown for the girls and boys.There was no place to run if you wanted to. Children froze to death doing so. The authorities were supposed to check on them every so often but often they either couldn’t tell how they were being treated or weren’t believed. The lucky ones were taken away by the inspector. In some cases, the children weren’t actually orphans. They might have been put temporarily in an orphanage when a mother was unable to make ends meet, with the intention of taking them home when they got back on their feet. They would go to the orphanage and find their child gone with no explanation. In other cases, children were taken from their single mothers “for their own good” and sent away with no consent. Many of the children never saw their family again. Some children succeeded in spite of the treatment. Some didn’t. Some had mixed feelings about their experiences. Churches and organization actively sent children to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The physical and sexual abuse that many if the children experienced was horrific. Re: Barnardo: adoptions. There was controversy early on with Barnardo's work. Specifically, he was accused of kidnapping children without parents' permission and of falsifying photographs of children to make the distinction between the period before they were rescued by Barnardo's and afterwards seem more dramatic. He openly confessed to the former of these charges, describing it as 'philanthropic abduction' and basing his defence on the idea that the end justified the means. In total, he was taken to court on 88 occasions, usually on the charge of kidnapping. However, being a charismatic speaker and popular figure, he rode through these scandals unscathed. Other charges brought against him included presenting staged images of children for Barnardo's 'before and after' cards and neglecting basic hygiene for the children under his care.

    MudhooksMudhooks20 өдрийн өмнө
  • I knew some people who were from the Orphan trains.

    D.B. AllenD.B. Allen20 өдрийн өмнө
  • I now completely understand why the USA is such a fucked up society....It's all clear. All those lost souls with completely fucked up psychologies....cause and effect. Some effects take decades to appear....

    Red CRed C20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Have you done a show on the history of shoes? I am legitimately curious 🤔

    Adam HernandezAdam Hernandez20 өдрийн өмнө
  • In before Mudflood and Tartarian Empire noobs.

    Just LookingJust Looking20 өдрийн өмнө
  • The History Theatre in St. Paul Minnesota has run a musical on this topic during several of their seasons. I believe the play was commisioned by the theater. It's a very poignant work and represents much of what you've outlined here.

    Steve SchmidtSteve Schmidt20 өдрийн өмнө
    • I'm a theater director! I have seen this production! I actually wanted to re produce at my college but couldn't get permission from all the people involved.

      Red headed SojournerRed headed Sojourner19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sad

    Steve AdamsSteve Adams20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nowadays, we are much more civilized. We simply abort our undesirables.

    tanksouthtanksouth20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nothing like a tale of American history for the History Guy's life.

    TheHylianBatmanTheHylianBatman20 өдрийн өмнө
  • A very similar program was operated out of the industrial cities of the UK at a similar time, for similar reasons. The children, who went to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa were known as "Home Children." This flow slowed down greatly by 1930 but didn't entirely stop until 1970.

    David EvensDavid Evens20 өдрийн өмнө

    Robert LeclercqRobert Leclercq20 өдрийн өмнө
  • My father was one of the last to reach the Kansas area from the boston childrens aid. Grandpa died in the Spanish flu outbreak and grandma being one of those dam irish ( another sidebar of history) worked as a housekeeper so he wasn't a orphan at the time. Their day started around 4 as the boys were sent to do he milking (much of the food they ate they raised unlike the lazy ones today, and no none considered it demeaning to work , only bums and lowlifes didn't), and the girls made the beds and helped prepare the meals. Unknown to him grandma had TB and was getting worse so he was sent west "where he expected to see wild Indians and gun slinging cowboys " . The first placement was with a old doctor and his wife (don't remember the town) where they had a real dog,yard and A HORSE HE COULD RIDE! ( i have ONE picture of that time with him on the horse). Letters were sporadic but for 2 years consistent. Around june of 29,the old man was going to sell his cattle early to pay off a loan but the banker who was speculating on the market convinced him to hold off a few months for a better price.....when they were finally shipped around October they didn't bring enough to cover the railroad shipping. The old man couldn't face trying to start over borrowed a neighbors 12ga. When he didn't come in for supper when called my dad (12 at the time) was sent to find him............ His next placement was as a field hand for a fat lazy and as his sister described him a right sob. He said that if he reached for a second piece of bread...(your eating to dam much theres work to be done) ...Georgia Greenleaf his caseworker would talk to him about things and tell him to try and hold on theres no p,ace to go..(this was back when a loan teen was both a truant and a bum both of which would get you jailed, robbed or killed in your sleep for your shoes). It was 3 miles from town each way so his road work was running home from school, chores,then back to practice. It was at this time the letters stopped and he was led to believe his mother had stopped caring, what he wasn't told was that she had died from tb... After the army he was a traveling ag teacher who finally became allergic to anything with hair or pollin, so he spent 30 years teaching general science and chemistry in highschool, with many students that went on to become well placed in various fields! After doing a interview for unsolved mysteries at the home of mary ellen johnston in little rock ark. Where he was trying to find information about a newborn sister he saw just before he left boston he said he needed to sit down and passed.... his story is in one of the many Stories of the riders books by the orphan train riders association. When i hear kids complain about how hard a life they have over the years..old shoes that are the wrong color or how much work they have to do ect ect i laugh in their face and dare them to read a couple stories out of the riders books! I use to wear a shirt with son of a rider OTRA on it but i recently found Son of a WW2 vet, some people read about their heros, i was raised by mine.

    fred McMurrayfred McMurray20 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is an interesting little Orphan Train museum in Concordia Kansas if you’re ever out that way.

    SheldorSheldor20 өдрийн өмнө