Orphan Train Riders
Orphan Train Riders came about as a result of too many children in the streets of New York City, children of immigrants.
In 1853, Children's Aid Society founder, Charles Loring Brace, thought it would ease the overcrowding in the streets of what police called "street arabs" by sending these children West. They were sold as slaves in many cases.
Originally, the Society planned to clothe, feed, house, and educate the children. Soon there were too many, that the Society couldn't take care of them. Thus, the Society sent them West.
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