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The Rights of the DefenselessProtecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America$
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Susan J. Pearson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226652016

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226652023.001.0001

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“A Relic of Barbarism”: Cruelty, Civilization, and Social Order

“A Relic of Barbarism”: Cruelty, Civilization, and Social Order

(p.57) Chapter Two “A Relic of Barbarism”: Cruelty, Civilization, and Social Order
The Rights of the Defenseless
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This chapter examines the justification of anticruelty reformers for their decision to combine animal and children protection in Gilded America. It explains that animal and child protectionists believed that violence toward animals and children are linked in spirit and practice and that this violence is connected to social disorder. This chapter discusses the case of Etta Wheeler who contacted the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to rescue a child abuse victim because she believed that the methods of animal protection organizations could easily be applied to the cause of child protection.

Keywords:   animal protection, child protection, Gilded America, anticruelty reformers, violence, social disorder, ASPCA, child abuse, Etta Wheeler

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