Reasons for orphans' migration

    A lot of negative conditions led the orphan train riders to migrate west, from places like the Lower East Side to the country. For instance, the Lower East Side was overpopulated in the 1800s. This led to poverty and disease. Furthermore, most of the orphan train riders' parents had died, or couldn't take care of them.
on  May 14, 2009  at  4:34 PM

I don't understand--were the orphans children? (Did they migrate voluntarily, or were they forced to?) I wish I understood why there were no foster homes or group homes at that time. If I could interview someone about this topic, I would ask an orphan train rider what the actual train rides were like, and how long the trip to the country used to take.
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