Placing Out: The Orphan Trains (2008)

Smoky Hills Public Television examines this period of mass relocation of children in the United States, widely recognized as the beginning of documented foster care in America, in its historical documentary Placing Out: The Orphan Trains.

Produced by Smoky Hills Senior Producer Les Kinderknecht, Placing Out: The Orphan Trains combines archival material with interviews with actual orphan train riders, rider descendants and historical consultants. The program is meant to help create awareness of the Orphan Train Era and preserve the history of the movement and those who were a part of it.

Among those interviewed for the documentary were actual orphan train rider Ann Harrison of Lincoln, Nebraska; Francis Schipper, Hays; Lee Rich Lundy and Doloris Pfeifer Pederson, Russell; Walter Straub and Kevin Lockwood, Great Bend; Sharla Thill, Ellinwood; and Judy Ruffo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Placing Out: The Orphan Trains previewed in September 2007 at the historic Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, Kansas, in conjunction with the grand opening of the National Orphan Train Museum and Research Center, the 20th Anniversary of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America and the 100th Anniversary of the Brown Grand.

The program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

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  • The heartland is demented. Extremely demented.

    Orphan BearOrphan Bear26 өдрийн өмнө
  • was this the reset after the last cull...

    SteevAtomicSteevAtomicСарын өмнө
  • Sad and yes very suspect... ..all about making money for the government...

    Susan ClarkSusan ClarkСарын өмнө
  • Straight up trafficing and breeding programs.

    Mrs. RealTrutherMrs. RealTruther2 сарын өмнө
  • This is the mainstream narrative they want us to believe. The satanic slave trade of children Crimes against humanity.

    Bryan MockBryan Mock3 сарын өмнө
  • white slavery?

    Anne-Marie Bourassa-Simoneau-YazbeckAnne-Marie Bourassa-Simoneau-Yazbeck3 сарын өмнө
  • Please stop with the african American term that’s not what us blacks are .

    TheWoodland12TheWoodland123 сарын өмнө
    • That's how you asked to be addressed back in 2008 when this was made. I have no idea what you'd like to be called now in 2021, but in 2008 it was african American

      GE EGE EӨдрийн өмнө
  • what happened to all the parents

    Ekaw Pu!Ekaw Pu!3 сарын өмнө
  • Poor children lost they're ties to they're birth parent's

    Trudi SwainTrudi Swain3 сарын өмнө
  • This is a bunch of nonsense! You believe 10000 children were given up you are a fool

    White HatWhite Hat3 сарын өмнө
  • Well this was a bunch of nonsense. Only 5 minutes of good research will expose the truth. This was a huge world wide thing that happened everywhere for the same time frame. Russia, UK, Italy, Canada and the US along with a lot more all perticipated in some form of collecting and then selling and distributing the children who are our ancestors. The children's aid society told the children that they didn't have parents, even though they did, that they belonged to them ect. It's actually really awful.

    Angel HumphreyAngel Humphrey4 сарын өмнө
  • Why was these children without their parents?

    Jessica YellinJessica Yellin4 сарын өмнө
  • What is it that you do?

    Jessica YellinJessica Yellin4 сарын өмнө
  • We still have orphan trains.. Its now called CPS. Child Protective Services.

    Sheri LeyvaSheri Leyva5 сарын өмнө
  • My Grandfather came to Canada from England as a foundling. Thank you for telling the stories for those who cannot.

    Terrie PaintingTerrie Painting5 сарын өмнө
  • When the states get involved, everything gets mucked up....

    MTCali 70MTCali 705 сарын өмнө
  • Placing Out or Foundlings. My girls read this book called The Foundlings in 9th grade and that same year, I had just watched this video on The was so strange how we were learning about this at the same time: but the orphans in Ireland, at a Catholic Church, were not treated so well; over 799 infants died and were buried in a plot of land at the church:

    MTCali 70MTCali 705 сарын өмнө
  • Really this entire thing is most likely a lie. #openyoureyes!! Do not trust the gov't or any agency connected to it such as CPS>>>>

    GoodPennyGoodPenny5 сарын өмнө
  • Kids were basically workers and slaves I cant even imagine how many pedophiles just used these kids

    atrippy mfatrippy mf6 сарын өмнө
    • this is coming back all over now, the market is getting the children.

      ParaclefParaclef5 сарын өмнө
  • crazy wages were so low where you couldnt feed yourself or your kids Imagine wanting kids and no matter how much you work you cant afford them or barely yourself :( This mustve been so painful Now i really get why so many working laws and wage laws were passed Basically had everyone as slaves

    atrippy mfatrippy mf6 сарын өмнө
  • There's MUCH more to this story than what we're being told here....I'm not sure why exactly BUT in countries across the world hundreds of thousands of sudden orphans were being shipped out. In Italy there were way stations for the orphan train riders for lack of a better term. The children would stop at them before being processed out to wherever they were going. Records state that between ONLY 2 of these stations 93,000 orphans came a single month. look into Max Eigen as he's done a lot of interesting research on this topic and his study holds no loyalty to ANY agenda, political or otherwise. But I believe there's simply MORE to this story than we've been lead to believe.

    adam fairfaxadam fairfax6 сарын өмнө
    • You can guarantee the people talking in this video are less than trash.

      A AA A14 өдрийн өмнө
    • Adam...look up mudflood.

      BeckyBecky5 сарын өмнө
    • Also....if you have ONE parent or BOTH parents you are not an orphan. I believe that SOME parents gave their children away because they wanted them to have a better life....but for THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of parents giving up their child? Into the Industrial Revolution when America was becoming the wealthiest country in the world? Doesn't add up. This isn't during the depression. It went on from roughly 1850-1930.

      adam fairfaxadam fairfax6 сарын өмнө
  • So many people don't understand that all children living on farms worked hard. Adopted or not they worked hard to help make a living and children automatically helped in those days. We have no idea how hard family members worked. My mom walked 2 miles from home before school to help fed a neighbors turkeys as a child to help out the family. She never complained because all her siblings knew they worked at home on the busy farm plus helped others in need. It was a different time in life that is mostly gone now. But, much love was also shared and remembered of helping where the need was and appreciation without saying.

    Ruth RoseRuth Rose6 сарын өмнө
    • 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

      Grace SemenzatoGrace Semenzato6 сарын өмнө
  • This man of God, did NOT place out Black AMERICAN 🇺🇸 children, coming right out of Slavery & the Civil War, but rather only focused on giving these advantages of home, schooling, family, moral & trade to white children of immigrants and we question the existence of white privilege in this country.

    Ask4TheUpgradeAsk4TheUpgrade6 сарын өмнө
  • It's sad and good depending on the family. Sometimes its slave like. I knew a woman...sibling of 9. Was on the train She has long passed. Good lady

    Jill JohnsonJill Johnson7 сарын өмнө
  • The orphans were the children of the Tartarians that built our old world before the mud flood. The orphans were put to work digging out these grand Tartarian buildings from that flood. Almost every city has one of these Tartarian buildings from the old world and you know them as your old downtown courthouse or jail. You will be able to pick them out easily because the windows are halfway under ground and the other half of the windows are sticking outta the ground and nobody builds any structures with windows halfway in and out of the dirt, it makes no sense. We now call them Victorian buildings but the craftsmanship even today cannot be duplicated even with all the technology we have, we will never be able to compare ourselves to the craftsman of the old world.

    The Piping VikingThe Piping Viking8 сарын өмнө
    • I am coming round to think that this theory as some relevance ....part of what they call the reset that took. Place during the eighteen hundreds ...eighteen fifties ...and effected the generations of the nineteen hundreds .....something is just not right its happened throughout Europe especially the powerful countries that were part of pioneering the industrial revolution ..oil ,rubber,industry ,rail road,con-struction ,asylums ,mining,war ,ect all part of the phoney take over ...the date and time line being changed ....and all these fires that supposedly took place to cover up the past ...over time ..yes fire may have taken place ...but every time we trace a building ..and and people a fire seems to have destroyed the evidence yet we have dooms day records ??

      Devo GrantDevo Grant8 өдрийн өмнө
    • Huh

      acadiaacadia3 сарын өмнө
    • Or maybe it's just my Mandella effect.

      Rachael MorrowRachael Morrow7 сарын өмнө
    • @The Piping Viking When I was younger it was said St Petersburg, Russia was not built, but it was unearthed. Shovelled out of the ground. Now I google this history and I didn't find it. Instead the history I found went like this- dirt was shovelled in the area to fill in the marshes. Then the grand palaces were built on top. Maybe someone else can find evidence of the more accurate history.

      Rachael MorrowRachael Morrow7 сарын өмнө
    • Betty Davis there’s not an architect in the world that designs buildings with the windows halfway into the dirt and the upper half at ground level. These buildings survived the last reset but were still buried in mud from the last great flood our history doesn’t tell us about. The new people that took them over basically received “free masonry buildings” and now you know how they got their name. Most buildings was almost impossible to dig out and that’s why when you look at really old photos of these buildings it’s clear that the structure is much older than what we’re told and they built brand new stairs going into the second floor because the original first is no longer. The old second floor then becomes the new first floor.

      The Piping VikingThe Piping Viking7 сарын өмнө
  • Whats sad is..a lot of these kids werent placed in homes because ppl WANTED children. They needed help on their farms and children..were cheap.

    Marlee RochesterMarlee Rochester8 сарын өмнө

    TerryLee SchillerTerryLee Schiller9 сарын өмнө
  • At the time he was doing a good thing , we live in softer times so cant really judge the 1850s , my grandfather worked down a coal mine as a child, my dad went to sea at 14 in 1939 . kids worked younger and had harder lives

    bearsagainstevilbearsagainstevil9 сарын өмнө
  • The man who started Wendy’s was an orphan train rider I believe. He has a bad experience, but was also very supportive of adoption even so,

    N McBN McB9 сарын өмнө
    • Dave Thomas was a freemason and was probably bought at a masonic lodge himself as a child....

      Slick FirmamentSlick Firmament7 сарын өмнө
  • I was an illegitimate child, I can never forget the day I discovered God as my Father, it was and is glorious, there are really nice people in the world, but the best pale in comparison to my heavenly Father ❤️

    barry barnardbarry barnard10 сарын өмнө
    • You found the most important Father! A person doesn't understand until it happens to them which I pray for all.

      Ruth RoseRuth Rose6 сарын өмнө
    • Yes it is relevant to this story ,he will be your father ,mother

      chickasaw starrmountainchickasaw starrmountain9 сарын өмнө
    • barry barnard not close to relevant to this story.

      N McBN McB9 сарын өмнө
  • This is heartbreaking! I do not see how my great grandmother made it with 3 very young girls (toddlers & a baby) after her mob gangster husband disappeared.. I wish I had been older to hear her stories before she passed in 1986... all I know is she was able to avoid this as well as Georgia Tann.. I guess she was a lucky very poor mother at the time. As far as my grandfathers family it was always kept very hush hush to us.. I only recently found out about his loved ones being lost in the Holocaust and the years prior being left in Europe when he and his parents fled from there in 1915 or so

    sherisse10sherisse1010 сарын өмнө
    • sherisse10 t

      Jean BaxterJean Baxter10 сарын өмнө
  • My mom father Orval Boren was on on a orphan train with his brother.

    Sharlet AkinsSharlet Akins10 сарын өмнө
  • We adopted internationally 4 times, working on adoption number 5 now. With 2 biological sons too....we have a large family. I was adopted by my Moms husband at birth, found out in my 20s that I was not my Dads Biological daughter. I never would have known, my Dad loved me so much. To me, adoptive or biological kids are the same, wanted children. I am blessed to have All my kids.

    Lisa B.Lisa B.10 сарын өмнө
    • @Peter Pan Yes I DO have issues, too much love in my home! Too many hugs, and a house overflowing with people....need a bigger house! And yes my kids do belong to me and I belong to them. In a world, where evil runs rampant, it's great to belong to a big, happy family where we are each others best friends, where my kids say everyday how happy they are yup I got issues!!! 😁

      Lisa B.Lisa B.9 өдрийн өмнө
    • You said a key phrase in one of your comments to where I think you need to sit down with yourself, you said these children belong to you, you adopted them. You have issues

      Peter PanPeter Pan9 өдрийн өмнө
    • This sounds absolutely abhorrent

      Peter PanPeter Pan9 өдрийн өмнө
    • Wow, good answer, God bless you.

      Matt BatcherMatt Batcher24 өдрийн өмнө
    • @TheWoodland12 Look at Rainbow Kids.Com or Google How to adopt a child. There are many types of adoptions. 1. Domestic.....adoption of an infant baby from a birth Mom . 2. Foster Care Adoption.....adoption of a waiting child who is usually older and healthy, sibling groups or a child with medical needs or a child of any age who needs a new home because their birth families can't keep the kids or no longer are allowed too due to an issue in their home. 3. International Adoption...adopting from another country which can be a young child through older kids, teens and sibling groups, some healthy kids and ones with medical needs, etc. Then there are other options.... 4. Second Chance the one Wasatch Adoptions offers. It's a program where kids who were originally adopted are not doing well in their original home and adoptive families are looking to place their adopted child with a new second adoptive family. Most times these kids are ages 4-13. 5. The next is Embryo Adoption where a couple struggles to have a baby on their own goes through IVF to have a baby and has extra embryos they will never use. Some of these families make the embryo available for adoption and in a sense it's like giving birth to your adopted child. 6. Kinship adoption...adopting a child who is related to you if a family member can't or is not allowed to keep their child. Far as age....foster care, a person can be early 20s to do that....majority of other countries and programs the age is set around age 25 or older. Some countries only allow married couples, but some allow single people to adopt. Each country has their own criteria so what's ok in one country may not be ok in another country. As an 22 1/2 old single son who is a Pastor and Teacher is going to adopt at age 25. He has had many ladies want to marry him, but his plan is to adopt first. He has seen us adopt children, his now siblings and has loved each child so fiercely that he wants the honor to be a Daddy to a child as soon as he can. He expects to marry but he only believes when God tells him, he will then find a wife as he does not believe in dating. My story is complicated as I am an adoptee as well as Adoptive Mama. I can have biological kids, but wanted to adopt since my 20s. My Hubby was not wanting to adopt but to have more biological kids. But, he finally came around in 2012 when I was 39 years old once our 2 biological sons were teens. It's been 9 years of adopting now, basically a new addition every 1-1.5 years. Because of covid we are not able to travel to get our new son home, but once travel is open to China, he will join us. 🙂 Thing is, if you want to adopt, even someday don't give up on that dream, I met my Husband when I was 16 and always thought about adoption. I am 48 now, and am so glad Hubby and I finally adopted, yet he regrets big time not adopting sooner. Biggest regret he has because he can not imagine life without all our children and wonders, too, who isn't here now because he refused to expand our family for so long? My advice to anyone is this...if adoption is on your mind, there must be a reason. Find out why it's on your mind and in your heart. I adopted only because people matter, I am honored to be all my kids Mama and it's my heart that values every person. I did not go in to save a child or because I wanted to do something good, I went into adopting because my Dad was incredible and he showed me I mattered, he was fiercely loyal and loving towards me. I would have never known he was not my biological Father because he loved me that much. His love cemented the idea in my mind the value of each individual person. I know what it feels to be loved and wanted, so I have that love to give back to all my kids, no matter how they come to me because of my Fathers devotion to me. My Dad passed away when I was 25, way before I ever adopted, but my Dads legacy lives on. And with adoption all over my family, why not adopt? Not...should we adopt? Why not have biological kids too? Why not be open to all kids? In my family we are excited about each child who joins us....what an amazing way to build a family! Hope this answers some of your questions!

      Lisa B.Lisa B.3 сарын өмнө
  • I’m Latino, I loved this history . Sad 😞 for some of children that never knew anything about their biological parents.

    Elsa FolgarElsa Folgar10 сарын өмнө
  • That’s white privilege for you 😢😂

    C MessC Mess10 сарын өмнө
    • If white kids really were so much better off than kids of color back then, then kindly explain why so many white kids from very poor families had to spend most, if not all of their childhood, doing hard and even dangerous jobs in factories, not able to play or go to school, or to have anything resembling a normal childhood? If you look at old pictures of child laborers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, you'll see just as many white kids, as minority kids, in those pictures. The whole "white privilege" concept is an outright lie!

      JoMarieMJoMarieM4 сарын өмнө
    • livewithdignity although it may appear as propagation, it was was more likely “product placement”. The Children’s Aide Society felt that the best candidates for successful placements would be those children that most closely resembled the adopting families.Western European protestant orphans were sent to the midwest because the existing communities were of that particular demographic. Yes, African-American children were excluded; so were Italian children, Asian kids, Eastern European orphans, (and children with disabilities) because in that particular period, the midwest was not yet as diversely populated as was the east.

      charchar8 сарын өмнө
    • @N McB It has everything to do with race. It was about saving the race, propagating it, caring for "one's own".

      livewithdignitylivewithdignity8 сарын өмнө
    • @Janise Wellington He is not wrong

      livewithdignitylivewithdignity8 сарын өмнө
    • C Mess what the hell has this got to do with race? Jesus, stop already. Everything isn’t a racial issue unless your are utterly paranoid, are you?

      N McBN McB9 сарын өмнө
  • I dont get it cuz the woman at 16:52 looks physically like her mother who claimed to be adopted-but she also look exactly like the grandmother who looks like the adopted child is her birth daughter...something weird there...Maybe secretly born out of wedlock and adopted her own child later...(?) that did happen sometimes as well-DNA might clear that up...

    beast shawneebeast shawnee10 сарын өмнө
    • @N McB these kids were dressed up and then sold at the local masonic lodges. so there is that......

      Slick FirmamentSlick Firmament7 сарын өмнө
    • beast shawnee hmmm. That is a little to cloak and dagger, those children came from other states... hardly rich for conspiracy theories 🙄

      N McBN McB9 сарын өмнө
  • Slaves or helpers or adopters, but I guess it was better for those children's, to live in the street without anybody to take care of them, it's sad any way you see it, but it was a better option for them to have shelter, food and guidance.

    Elvira GonzalezElvira Gonzalez10 сарын өмнө
  • Music was too loud. Would have been better without music at all.

    Daisy CassidyDaisy Cassidy10 сарын өмнө
    • Totally agree. Are you related to David Cassidy?

      TheWoodland12TheWoodland123 сарын өмнө

    Greg RishelGreg Rishel10 сарын өмнө
  • I'm starting to wonder about my.own family now i know my grandpa came.from Scotland ast 19 but the rest are English Irish and German yikes I better do some.research

    Michele LynMichele Lyn10 сарын өмнө
  • How come nobody ever considers they were taken in as slave labour or molested by pedophiles?

    Rachel HolsteinRachel Holstein10 сарын өмнө
    • Sadly, child abuse (both physical and sexual), was something that people just didn't talk about, or even THINK about, at the time. Sexual child abuse was swept under the rug as much as possible. As for physical abuse, corporal punishment was an accepted form of discipline in society, and most people weren't alarmed when kids turned up in public with welts and bruises on them. Society was different back in that era, and children were often considered disposable commodities, for the most part. True, many kids were truly loved and cherished whether they were adopted or not, but others were seen as live-in farm laborers or wage earners.

      JoMarieMJoMarieM4 сарын өмнө
    • That can happen anywhere, anytime. Their focus was a home that these children wanted and needed. Most parents were not evil. Most all children worked hard on farms whether they were adopted or not. It was how all lived to keep a home or living going. A different time in life.

      Ruth RoseRuth Rose6 сарын өмнө
    • orphan trains = human trafficking

      Slick FirmamentSlick Firmament7 сарын өмнө
  • Anne of Green Gables arrived on the orphan train.

    Patricia FeehanPatricia Feehan10 сарын өмнө
    • @Patricia Feehan I don't think this is Anne of Green Gables at all, unless someone took the story and went into a totally different direction with it. I've read pretty near all of LM Montgomery's works, and Vermont is NEVER mentioned in connection to Anne. Maybe you saw one of the newer film versions that had this storyline, but in the books, Anne NEVER lived in the United States, only in Canada. And she was never on an orphan train. She lived at an asylum and was sent ALONE on a train to her new destination! This is obviously another story you're thinking of!

      JoMarieMJoMarieM4 сарын өмнө
    • Anne was not on an orphan train. It was a prearranged adopted and she was sent instead of a boy. It wasn't that the boy was taken and Matthew had to take her. Anne was not born in Vermont she was born in Canada. She became an orphan at 3 months old. The author of the book was Canadian. The story takes place in Canada. I think you are getting it confused with something else or watched an American version of the book.

      Kate PausigKate Pausig10 сарын өмнө
    • Patricia Feehan , I checked Wikipedia and the only version they referenced in which Anne was American was a silent movie done in 1919. I honestly think you are thinking of something that happened in another book.

      Chris StanleyChris Stanley10 сарын өмнө
    • Patricia Feehan l

      Donni BuchananDonni Buchanan10 сарын өмнө
    • Chris Stanley Lucy Maud Montgomery but I was thinking about U.S. and Canadian editions. They are in my Nook because I wanted re- read them as an adult. That was a few years back, if I get it charged up, i am going over them to double check.

      Patricia FeehanPatricia Feehan10 сарын өмнө
  • Many of these children had much better lives because of riding these trains. It was better than leaving them in poverty in New York where they may have had horrible short lives. It was a good idea in this time.

    Cheryle MayburyCheryle Maybury10 сарын өмнө
    • nice parrot story. Were you there or did PBS tell you that?

      Slick FirmamentSlick Firmament7 сарын өмнө
  • Desperate need for human birth control. Now and today. Too many people having too many kids.

    Sheryl BenkoskySheryl Benkosky10 сарын өмнө
    • ​@C Conroy Yeah I went through a lot of trauma & hardship when I was younger and I am mentally fucked up, suicidal and have been in therapy my whole life. You sound like an idiot who has no clue why some people commit suicide. You must pretty stupid to think that trauma and hardship doesn't impact children or they are a less impacted. Moron.

      Kate PausigKate Pausig10 сарын өмнө
    • Interesting theory. I'd be curious to know among the suicides today, how many are actually spoiled butts completely unprepared for real life bc they never incurred a single hardship as a kid. Children are resilient, there is no better time for them to experience everything from a broken bone to loss of a loved one, it's simply less of an impact. And the solution may lie in society, not the person having too many kids, but the people who simply cannot stand to have kids they didn't birth, as tho the choice should be up to them. Find beauty and opportunity everywhere, you'll be less likely to kill yourself in the end.

      C ConroyC Conroy10 сарын өмнө
    • Also, many of these kids had a mother die, father or both. People died from many things back then. Maybe you wouldn’t have been born if your mother decided she just needed to cut down the population numbers. I guess you think you were too important though. 🙄

      niece dspainniece dspain10 сарын өмнө
    • Sheryl Benkosky people could keep their pants on too. Just a thought. There is a place for birth control but damn. At least suggest the easiest cheapest option.

      niece dspainniece dspain10 сарын өмнө
  • One thing that was not mentioned was the stigma on the treatment of illegitimate children by society at this time . Those children had it mentioned on their birth certificate's that they were illegitimate and it strongly effected where they were in society. I am sure that some of these children were in orphanages and were on the Orphan Trains. Therefore it was best that the child never knew that this was the case and was a good reason to "loose"a birth certificate. Their mother may well have wanted them, but chose to start her life over as she had no support financially or from social institutions except by orphanages .

    Linda MarquisLinda Marquis10 сарын өмнө
    • I love learning about the past. Thank you for doing this. God Bless You All 🙏

      Helyun1Helyun110 сарын өмнө
    • I've heard stories where children born out of wedlock were just taken away from their mothers. Sometimes the mothers were told their child had died. So sad.

      Dnl KDnl K10 сарын өмнө
  • If for better or worse the children had not been brought out from NY more likely their lives would be terrible if not short. Of course there is always one person (Sarah Richter) who has to pull the race card and made derogatory comments as to how the children were shown. Up on a stage in a crowd you can see what is being discusse, in this cases children needing homes. I cannot stand people like this woman who has to find a racist theme in anything. One can always go back to their own country.

    DJ ChiesaDJ Chiesa10 сарын өмнө
    • I think it is difficult not to see it as racist that only white children were considered. In India, the illegitimate children of the colonialists, be they British, Dutch, German, Austrian or any other European ancestry, they found their way into homes built in the hills, and were cared for, received a western education, and ultimately most landed up in Australia, New Zealand and the US of A. The race angle, of saving one's own, was very much a factor.

      livewithdignitylivewithdignity8 сарын өмнө
    • u r racist

      beast shawneebeast shawnee10 сарын өмнө
    • It is racial whether you wish to believe it or not. Poor Black children was not even a consideration, their lives didn't matter back then. The only children this man cared about was White children. And here we are in 2020 still fighting for equality. Everyone, excluding the native american Indian is an immigrant foreigner.

      CMWASCCMWASC10 сарын өмнө
  • He was selling children for labor. Why does everyone talk about him like he was some great person? He was a rich guy who got tired of the poor and could not force adults, who would fight him out, but he could pick on the kids... gather them up and sell them for profit while making the city nicer for his elite.

    Cheryl AngelCheryl AngelЖилийн өмнө
    • Charles Loring Brace was genuinely concerned for the multitudes of homeless kids in NYC. He was NOT profiting financially off the kids by any means, because parents didn't pay adoption fees to take the kids in when the kids came to their towns. And there's no evidence that he stole the donations that people sent in for the children and used them for their own purposes! If these kids hadn't been sent west, they would have either starved to death on the streets, died of illnesses or injuries, or become hardened criminals by the time they were adults, since many of them had to resort to crime just to survive! So really, being sent out west to be adopted by caring families really WAS a good thing for them, and a majority of the kids WERE treated well. Yes, there was hard work on farms, but EVERYBODY, adopted or not, had to work hard if they were going to survive, especially in an era without many of today's modern conveniences!

      JoMarieMJoMarieM4 сарын өмнө
    • @bearsagainstevil no, pure evil. no good intent whatsoever. could be wrong though.

      Slick FirmamentSlick Firmament7 сарын өмнө
    • Did he personally profit from it , in the context of the times wasn't he doing a good thing

      bearsagainstevilbearsagainstevil9 сарын өмнө
    • They were basically selling slaves/indentured servants. At one point in history every race was put into slavery! I don't know if it was in the US, but in some countries it was legal to pick up and basically kidnap homeless/poor men, women and children and sell them into slavery!

      unclest1nkyunclest1nky11 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for your reply I would check with the museum and research center.

    Les KinderknechtLes KinderknechtЖилийн өмнө
  • Is there somewhere to find out if someone was an orphan train rider

    robin flanaganrobin flanaganЖилийн өмнө
    • @Les Kinderknecht my grandmother,her two sisters & a brother were orphans & someone thought they were orphan train riders. Not sure how old they were. My grandmother's name was bessie mae hicks anderson,lived in siloam springs ark. Her siter rosie hicks stalcup married archie stalcup & lived in believe harrisonville mo. Nancy hicks was the other girl,not sure her married name,& she lived around disney or langley ok. The boy was name hoover hicks i believe & lived in missouri. Not sure where they started from or were left off in. No one i know is alive that would have any information. How could i find out or trace them back. My email

      verna Reedverna Reed10 сарын өмнө
    • @Les Kinderknecht I live in Texas but my grandpa was adopted as I baby we have no info on his real family we don't even know when his real birthday was he lived in Kansas City missouri

      robin flanaganrobin flanaganЖилийн өмнө
    • This is Producer of the program, Les Kinderknecht. Would you mind telling us where you live?

      Les KinderknechtLes KinderknechtЖилийн өмнө
    • I would suggest checking out the website for more information.

      Les KinderknechtLes KinderknechtЖилийн өмнө
  • This is an important part of history and genealogy. Practically every family has an orphan train rider in their tree.

    Nina “Bench” ValentinoNina “Bench” ValentinoЖилийн өмнө
    • @Mike James #67 yes!!!!!history repeats!!!😭who are “they?” 😈

      Purple CarnationsPurple CarnationsСарын өмнө
    • @Purple Carnations just wants happening now with covid ...

      Mike James #67Mike James #67Сарын өмнө
    • @Mike James #67 exactly!!!!! Stolen trafficked children who don’t know their history 😢

      Purple CarnationsPurple CarnationsСарын өмнө
    • Child Trafficking They killed the parents with the Mud Floods

      Mike James #67Mike James #675 сарын өмнө
    • You think?? I have never heard of this

      sleepyzebra11sleepyzebra1110 сарын өмнө
  • Loved this!

    anna frohmananna frohmanЖилийн өмнө
  • ?

    RinkleRinkleЖилийн өмнө
  • I enjoyed that program, thanks for posting.

    Mark LaninghamMark LaninghamЖилийн өмнө