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    Google "Orphan Trains."  Between 1854 and 1929, something like 250,000 children were shipped to the American frontier to be "adopted" -- which often meant becoming indentured servants.  Babies and even some toddlers didn't have it so bad, but probably any kid over four or five was seen as hands and feet to use, not a person to cherish.  Some of those orphans had parents who had surrendered them for just these kinds of reasons -- and a lot of them were simply living on the streets, abandoned.

    But as bad as the treatment of the orphans on the frontier could be (comparable to slavery in many cases, including sizing up children like cattle and splitting up siblings), this was seen as preferable to leaving them in the cities to become beggars or worse.  

    This is what we are returning to, minus the frontier to give anyone a new chance.  

    "There isn't a way things should be. There's just what happens, and what we do." — Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)

    by stormicats on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 07:00:51 PM PDT

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