Re: [pepysdiary] London's 'white slaves' (published last year)
- My father was born on Cleveland Way just off MIle End Road in 1894. His mother died when he was three, he was taken into the Dr.Bernardo homes and lived and was schooled there until he was 13 and then sent to a family in Canada.Dr.Bernardo was famous for taking pictures of the thin and bedraggled children he took off the street and then after a year's time taking another picture of the child after a year of good food and in clean clothing. From showing his successes he collected a great deal of money and, I believe, helped many children. I'm happy my father was one of them. I know that Dr. Bernardo's Homes came under scrutiny for misusing funds and the children a while ago, hopefully they are back on track.The family my father went to was welcoming and treated him as one of their own. So not all of the kids off the street became slaves.Incidents like slave children happened in the United States when homeless children from large eastern cities were put on trains and shipped to the midwest to work in the fields. I'm not sure of the era.Mistreating children is a criminal act.
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- At 12:57 AM 4/29/2008 -0400, Ellen wrote:
>Incidents like slave children happened in the United States when homelessThough this topic-creep, concerning the "orphan trains" see
>children from large eastern cities were put on trains and shipped to the
>midwest to work in the fields. I'm not sure of the era.
> Mistreating children is a criminal act.
There were abuses, but also "In spite of the trains' stated intention, they
did not permanently separate most children, geographically or culturally,
from their parents and communities of origin. Well into the twentieth
century, impoverished but resourceful parents took advantage of the
services of middle-class child-savers for their own purposes, including
temporary caretaking during periods of economic crisis and apprenticeships
that helped children enter the labor market. "
There were no oceans crossed.