Item description for Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo: Revealing Orphan Train Reality by Charlotte M. Endorf & Sarah Mae Endorf...
Overview Beginning in 1854, charitable organizations in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families. As the train made its stops the children were lined up on courthouse lawns to be examined by prospective families. In a series of interviews with orphan train riders and their descendants Endorf shares their touching stories.
Publishers Description Many poor immigrants coming to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries left poverty and oppression only to discover that conditions were not much better in the new world Orphanages could not hold all the homeless children. Beginning in 1854, charitable organizations in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families. As the train made its stops the children were lined up on courthouse lawns to be examined by prospective families. In a series of interviews with orphan train riders and their decedents Charlotte Endorf shares their touching stories. The last generation of Orphan Train riders is still living in towns across the United States. This book was written so that this very important segment of American History would not be lost.
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Studio: Outskirts Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2006
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 159800235X ISBN13 9781598002355
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Orphan Train History Illustrated and Told May 13, 2008
From 1854 to 1930, New York and other cities shipped as many as 400,000 children "out west." Today fewer than 100 of these children are still alive. Charlotte M. Endorf, author of this book and a woman of amazing energy, traveled some 8,000 miles to interview 55 orphan train riders or, in some cases, their descendants. These real life stories appear in three of her books, Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo and By Train They Came, Volumes 1 & 2.
This thoughtfully illustrated book, Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo, contains 28 stories. Charlotte amplifies her text with pictures of orphan train riders, letters, indenture paperwork, drawings, a title page of the Children Aid Society's annual report, orphan train quilts, a map showing number of placements, and a historical timeline of the period. Her daughter, Sarah M. Endorf, illustrated the book.
Anyone interested in American history, but especially students of orphan train history, will find much to ponder in this slim attractive volume.
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Not what I was expecting May 22, 2007
I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. It's filled with photos, poems and drawings from former orphan train riders, which is interesting, but then there's drawings by the author's daughter and other random tibdits. The book feels like a messy collage of information about orphan trains. If you are looking for a book that actually goes into details about the lives of the orphans, this is not it. This book merely gives glimpses into random riders' lives. Also, the book is poorly edited....errors just abound. The book is not for scholarly study or even a historical glimpse into orphan trains. It's a hodge-podge look at a few orphans, which plently of random bits thrown in.
A long, worthwhile journey is now an inspiration! Feb 19, 2007
I traveled 3,000 miles to interview the last of the orphan train riders. Many times people would change their minds and I would be no showed. I just kept at it with patience and persistence. Today my family dresses in 1800's attire bringing the book to life at schools, libraries, town festivals, etc.! This book is sought after by people of all ages. I made a promise to a rider who passed away before he was able to see me have it published. It's in his memory. Be like the many others who have enjoyed this easy read with over 100 photos. Purchase yours today!