How do you think life would be different for Bud if he was growing up today in an orphanage?

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If Bud were growing up in an orphanage today, I would hope that the revitalized system, so different than the one so overrun during the Depression would try to find Bud's relatives for him instead of him having to look for them himself. Though no system is perfect, I would also hope that they would make a better job of finding a good fit for Bud in foster care. Of course, across the board, orphanages are probably struggling today as well, but with computerization and better education, as well as a society that supports children (or should) of all color, race, culture, etc., I would like to believe that Bud's experiences from the time he was small and lost his mother would have been more nuturing and protective of him.

Running away would not have been so easy, but in this story, it is only his ability to leave the system that allows him to meet new people, learn about the world and ultimately find Herman E. Calloway, as well as a new life.

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