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The gospel of kindness : animal welfare and the making of modern America

Author: Janet M Davis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
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"When we consider modern American animal advocacy, we often think of veganism, no-kill shelters, Internet campaigns against trophy hunting, or celebrities declaring that they would "rather go naked" than wear fur. Contemporary critics readily dismiss animal protectionism as a modern secular movement that privileges animals over people. Yet the movement's roots are deeply tied to the nation's history of religious

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Janet M.
Gospel of kindness.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016002418
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet M Davis
ISBN: 9780199733156 0199733155 9780190092443 0190092440
OCLC Number: 934884257
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 Winner of the Presidents' Book Prize of the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Description: xiii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "A righteous man regards the life of his beast": the roots of the gospel of kindness in the second great awakening and antebellum reform --
"A world of kindness is a copy of heaven": animals, moral uplift, and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union --
From dog eaters to mule beaters: representing the accused as alien other --
An empire of kindness: American animal welfare policy and moral expansionism overseas --
"A country rich in cattle": gospels of kindness in colonial South Asia --
"So thoroughly un-American": making historical sense of the bullfight.
Responsibility: Janet M. Davis.


THE GOSPEL OF KINDNESS explores the historical significance of the American animal welfare movement at home and overseas from the Second Great Awakening to the Second World War. Focused on laboring  Read more...


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The Gospel of Kindnessgoes much further to expose the heretofore unexamined animal dimensions of American citizenship and civilization. * Andrea L. Smalley, The Journal of American History * Davis, Read more...

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