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Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York Library Binding – Unabridged, January 1, 2010


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  • Library Binding: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Legendary Publications; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615297552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615297552
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by her mother, one of the children of the orphan trains, Minnesota author, Renée Wendinger, embraces a scholarly non-fiction documenting an American Experience that speaks to the heart. "Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York," reveals the life story of orphaned, half-orphaned and runaway children of immigrant parents in nineteenth century New York. A collection of stories effectively communicates little known details about 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 humanity of individuals caught up in the sweep of history is unmistakable. The numerous archival photographs, hauntingly good!

Renée is a speaker on the subject of the orphan trains and immigration experience offering a historical slide symposium to educators and schools, community and civic organizations, and libraries and historical centers.

She is president of Orphan Train Riders of New York organization, recipient of the New York Foundling award for history preservation and the 2011 Founders Award from the National Orphan Train Complex of Concordia, Kansas, and she is an honored essayist supporting historical prose. For two consecutive years, her book has won the 2010 and 2011 Indie Excellence Award in history by panels of judges and publishers. Her book has gained passage onto Ellis Island Immigration Museum's bookshelves where Renee often lectures and does book signings. Brooklyn College has developed a graduate level study course based on her book alone, and several Sociology professors and theatre groups are using the reserve as a doctrine in social reform.

This book takes the orphan train journey to a higher level for both academic and universal readership, filled with authoritve research with compelling stories from people who "made history" aboard the orphan trains of New York.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
Format: Library Binding
Nearly everyone has seen a movie or television show where a boy is standing on a street corner waving a newspaper and yelling, "Extra! Extra! Read all about it." While that scene was repeated on many street corners around the country, it is a severely romanticized version of the life of the newsboys. As the cities on the eastern seaboard of the United States filled with immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, most of them were packed into crowded tenements. Government social services were almost nonexistent, leading to large numbers of children living on the streets. Many were orphans, but a lot of them were simply abandoned to their fates. A few ran away from a home life that was brutal, largely due to the influence of alcohol. Most of the boys and girls hawking papers were street children that struggled to survive by selling papers and doing whatever else they could to earn money and life's necessities.
This book sets the background for this group and describes the social safety net that arose through the efforts of many groups of people. The title is derived from the program where groups of the children were collected and then shipped by train to the Midwestern United States where farm families eager to have an extra child took them into their homes. It is often a factual recapitulation of the organizations and people that worked so tirelessly to make something for these poor children, some of which had been abandoned as babies.
A section is devoted to giving short histories of a few of the children that made the trek westward and there are a number of reprints of newspaper articles of the time that describe the plight of the children and what was being done to aid them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lottie37 on November 23, 2010
Format: Library Binding
I agree with the other reviews. This book is an eye opener. I have heard about these trains but this is the first iin-depth book I have read about the children and also the "Newsboys of New York".

I picked up this book on Ellis Island and it was overpriced but I was glad to pay it as I feel it was a donation to keeping History alive. It is a book about survival of the utmost by babies and children. I found myself trying to relate to these innocent children left on the street to survive any way they could. The wonderful people who recognized their struggles and helped them physically, mentally and spiritually are especially heartwarming to read about and I wish I could have joined them. Talk about tough times - we have no idea, talk about being frightened - I don't have a clue, talk about street smarts, they must have had a great education. I do wish that Renee Wendinger would have delved more into the particulars of some of the children and just how they survived and wrote about their lives. How some of these individuals survived - their intimate story would be of interest to me. God bless her for writing this book and putting it all together so we don't forget part of our history that contributed to what we have and are today.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loreleelynn on February 13, 2012
Format: Library Binding
The book is not only beautiful with quality pictures and professionally put together. It is highly educational with the history of the Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York City but also draws you in as you read the personal stories that Orphan Train riders have shared. The author helps you to imagine the time period and the dynamics going on in New York City at that time. Individuals facing difficult choices in the worst of situations and others wanting and trying so desperately to help the children, but faced with a situation most wanted to ignore.
The history of the Orphan Trains was kept out of school books after realizing what was done with the families that were torn apart, some never to unite...others never to know their true names, parents, history or ancestry.
The author knows first hand as she continues to search on behalf of her mother to learn of her mother's biological parents.
I highly recommend you read the book and then donate it at your local library. Then be sure to share the history with others and pass on this missing piece of history on behalf of all those who are still looking for their ancestry, their true identities and parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Slauter on April 17, 2013
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An account of an historical event that is passing from the memory of this nation. The lives that were saved and the self-denying heroes and heroines who saved these children should be recognized and remembered by all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geesee16 on August 23, 2012
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"Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York" is a fascinating book about a time when Orphans and abandoned children roamed the streets of New York. The author does an excellent job of sharing experiences of both the children and foster families. This was a unique period in our history. Thanks to the Childrens Aid Society and other agencies, homeless children were able to not only survive, but to become parts of loving families.

The book was purchased through Amazon and it was delivered promptly and in excellent shape.
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