Before And After : The Incredible Real-life Stories Of Orphans Who Survived The Tennessee Children's Home Society

Author(s): Judy Pace Christie, Lisa Wingate
From the 1920s through 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents--hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen children of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity words that their babies died. The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann's career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Many determined survivors set out to trace their roots and find their families. Often raised by older parents as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie tell of first meetings, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. Long silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children's Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Call Number: 362.73 Chr
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