Growing up around New York City I heard this commercial from The Children’s Aid Society almost every day without knowing anything about the organization. It is weird to know nothing about an organization and still be able to sing their complicated “theme song”, so I looked them up and they seem to be doing good work, but what is more interesting in their controversial history. Namely the Orphan Train Movement, which according to Wikipedia:
The Orphan Train Movement was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The orphan trains ran between 1853 and 1929, relocating an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.
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