From Publishers Weekly
A history of the emigration policies instituted between 1850 and 1930 to resettle the urban poor from the East Coast to the West.
Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
From 1850 to 1930 America witnessed a unique emigration and resettlement of at least 200,000 children and several thousand adults, primarily from the East Coast to the West. This "placing out," an attempt to find homes for the urban poor, was best known by the "orphan trains" that carried the children. Freelance writer Holt carefully analyzes the system, initially instituted by the New York Children's Aid Society in 1853, tracking its imitators as well as the reasons for its creation and demise. She captures the children's perspective with the judicious use of oral histories, institutional records, and newspaper accounts. This well-written volume sheds new light on the multifaceted experience of children's emigration, changing concepts of welfare, and Western expansion. It is a good, scholarly social history that provides more analytical information than James Manguson and Dorothea Petrie's Orphan Train ( LJ 6/15/78). A solid contribution on a little-known phenomenon, this book is suitable for academic and large public libraries.- Charles C. Hay III, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Archives, Richmond
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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