Mail-order Kid

Mail-order Kid

An Orphan Train Rider's Story

Book - 2010
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Concierge Pub
The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings and sexual abuse. Perhaps half a million children, like Teresa, were plucked from orphanages and shipped by rail (or "relocated") to nearly every state in the Union from 1854 to 1929. Mail-Order Kid looks at the orphan train movement through the eyes of one small child who yearns to know her "real" mother, survives a tortured childhood, and ultimately, as an adult, comes to terms with her past, her faith, and herself.
This engaging book looks at the orphan train movement through the eyes of one small child, Teresa, who yearns to know her "real" mother, survives a tortured childhood, and ultimately comes to terms with her past, her faith, and herself. The reader is taken through her childhood to when she learns she has relatives, and when she meets other orphan train riders. She would eventually go on to become a prize-winning orphan train spokesperson.

Publisher: Omaha, NE : "out West" Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780962631726
0962631728
Characteristics: xxiii, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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