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For the Prevention of CrueltyFor the Prevention of Cruelty

The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States

Diane L. Beers

Narrated by Dana Brewer Harris

Available from Audible


Book published by Ohio University Press


Diane L. Beers is an associate professor of history at Holyoke Community College, where she teaches social, environmental, and African American history.

REVIEWS:

“Diane Beers’s history of animal advocacy in the United States is illuminating, authoritative, and highly readable. The story she tells is of a movement that on the basis of a surprising depth of popular support has made steady if uneven progress, but has shown a lamentable tendency to splinter and divide.”

—J. M. Coetzee

“Destined to become a classic in its field, historian Beers’ study of the animal advocacy movement in the U.S. since the ASPCA’s founding in 1866 fills a glaring historical gap with exceptional style, accuracy and insight.”

Publishers Weekly

“Beers’s concerns are thankfully painted with a broader brush. Her book is a fortifying experience.”

BookForum

“Beers claims the origins of organized animal advocacy are rooted in the abolition movement, and shows how other social-justice efforts, such as women’s suffrage, child protection, temperance, and labor reform, attracted some of the same supporters.”

San Antonio Current





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