New York Newsies (born approximately 1890)

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They were turn of the century newsboys and newsgirls who endured harsh working environments and fought to better themselves in industrial New York City.

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Newsies were poor, often abandoned, sometimes immigrant children who sold newspapers on New York City streets in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Families meet some of the boys (and occasional girls) who worked as newsies, and explore the 1899 strike in which the newsies brought two New York newspapers almost to a standstill. Children and grown-ups can try their hand at being a newsie in an interactive digital game.

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Orphan Train Riders (born approximately 1890)

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They were late nineteenth-century orphaned children transported by the Children's Aid Society via train to new homes outside New York City.

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Here families engage in a pivotal moment in the lives of poor, young, New York orphans who were transported from East Coast cities to new lives, mostly in rural America, beginning in the mid-1800s. Considered the nation’s first foster care program, the orphan train relocated many thousands of children over its seventy-five-year history.

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Esteban Bellán (1850-1932)

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He was a cuban youngster who came to New York to study at what is now Fordham University, and became the first Latino to play professional baseball in the United States.

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When Esteban Bellán was a young Cuban student at St. John’s College (now Fordham) in the 1860s, he was introduced to the game of baseball, discovering both a talent and a career. He Americanized his name, and as Steve Bellán became the first Latin American to play professional baseball.

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James McCune Smith (1813-1865)

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James McCune Smith, later a brilliant doctor and abolitionist, was a student at the African Free School in 1824.

 

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Dr. James McCune Smith was a brilliant abolitionist and the United States’ first university-trained African American physician.

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Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

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He was an orphaned and penniless immigrant from the West Indies who helped to make America "modern" as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

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Cornelia van Varick (1692-1733)

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She was a daughter of the Margrieta van Varick, a textile merchant in seventeenth-century New Amsterdam, and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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Cornelia van Varick was a Dutch girl who lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, around 1700. A great deal is known about her household and family because when her widowed mother died, executors compiled an estate inventory that still survives.

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