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UprootedThe Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001

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What Befell the Children

What Befell the Children

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(p.209) twelve What Befell the Children
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Uprooted
Author(s):

Roy Parker

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.003.0012

This chapter considers the plight of immigrant children. It begins by looking at extracts from a selection of children's letters that survived. While we cannot know how representative they are, many do foreshadow what the emigrated children of a later generation have begun to disclose. These letters reveal recurring themes. The most frequent is the search for information, particularly that concerning the whereabouts of mothers (sometimes fathers), brothers, sisters or friends, especially those with whom the children had lived in the Manchester Homes or who had accompanied them on their journey to Canada.

Keywords:   child emigration, child immigrants, immigrant children, letters

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