Ep. 51: The Orphan Trains: A Dangerous Act of Kindness

Ep. 51: The Orphan Trains: A Dangerous Act of Kindness

A historical image of a train with children standing on and around it

On Sunday, August 18, Harmony member Kif Corcoran teaches us about a prominent NYC minister named Charles Loring Brace and his controversial social-economic experiment that greatly impacted 200,000 orphans sent to the Midwest on trains. We examine the pros and cons of this mass child-placement event and whether our society is doing any better today placing foster children with families.

This episode opens with Harmony music director Dale Bodmer’s rendition of “Riding the Orphan Train.”

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