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        The Orphan Train Movement | West by Orphan Train

        Between 1854 and 1929, nearly a quarter of a million children from the East Coast of the United States were resettled under what came to be known as the Orphan Train Movement. This collection of video segment from the West by Orphan Train documentary explores the origins of the movement and the experiences of the young riders through archival photographs, historical re-enactments, expert interviews and first-person accounts from Orphan Train riders.

        The Orphan Train Movement in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s | West by Orphan Train

        Between 1854 and 1929, nearly a quarter of a million orphaned children were resettled under what came to be known as the Orphan Train Movement.

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        Orphan Trains Bring Children to Midwestern Communities | West by Orphan Train

        A majority of the children who were resettled during the Orphan Train movement went to the Midwest.

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        Poverty and Homelessness Lead to the Orphan Train Movement | West by Orphan Train

        Many of the immigrants coming to New York in the mid-1800s were poor and could not adequately care for their families. The hardship and suffering of these and other families led to some children becoming homeless and needing placement in orphanages.

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        The Origins of the Orphan Train Movement & the Children’s Aid Society | West by Orphan Train

        Charles Loring Brace decided early in his life that he wanted to work with the homeless children of New York City. After earning his graduate degree in theology he moved to New York and put into place a system to get children off the street and eventually placed in homes.

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        Mercy Trains Transport Orphaned Infants in the Late 1800s to Early 1900s | West by Orphan Train

        In the late 1800s, the New York Foundling Hospital began using trains to place homeless infants. These became known as Mercy Trains.

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        Splitting up Siblings on the Orphan Trains | West by Orphan Train

        Some brothers and sisters riding on the Orphan Trains during the late 1800s and early 1900s had to be separated.

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        An Orphan Train Rider Tells His Story | West by Orphan Train

        An Orphan Train rider recounts the story of his experiences living in an orphanage and an eventual trip on an Orphan Train in the early 1900s.

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        An Orphan Train Rider Finds a Home | West by Orphan Train

        Orphan Train rider Bernadette Schaefer recalls her happy childhood after she was placed on a farm in Nebraska as a young child after a trip on what was known as a Mercy Train.

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        The Legacies of the Orphan Train Riders | West by Orphan Train

        By the 1870s the Orphan Trains of the Children’s Aid Society were rolling into towns in more than 30 states.

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