Alone in the World

Orphans and Orphanages in America

By Reef, Catherine

Publishers Summary:
Examines the history of orphanages in the United States, looking at what life was like for children living in orphanages, discussing influences on how orphans were treated, and considering why orphanages have all but disappeared.

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ISBN
978-0-61835-670-6
Publisher
Clarion


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2005

Gr 5-8 Orphans and orphanages, although topics of interest in children's fiction, have been neglected in nonfiction except for accounts of the orphan trains of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This gap has now been filled by Reef's thoroughly researched history of children's homes in the U.S. beginning in 1729, when a place for girls was founded in New Orleans. The author relates how many orphaned or impoverished children were consigned to almshouses, where they often lived in filthy, crowded conditions wit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2005

In this exhaustively detailed book, Reef explores life in America's orphanages in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Readers will be surprised to learn that the reason children were sent to live in these institutions was not always because they were without parents. In reality, many children were sent to orphanages for far more sinister reasons. The book details the abuse, explo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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