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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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Conclusion: From Cruelty to Child Welfare

Conclusion: From Cruelty to Child Welfare

(p.185) Conclusion: From Cruelty to Child Welfare
The Rights of the Defenseless
University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of child protection in the U.S. during the Gilded Age. It discusses the evolution of anticruelty efforts from animal and child protection to child welfare. It describes the organizations formed as a challenge to the principles of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Horse Aid Society and the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). This chapter also discusses contemporary research indicating a link between violence toward animals and domestic abuse.

Keywords:   child protection, U.S., Gilded Age, anticruelty, animal protection, child welfare, ASPCA, Horse Aid Society, National Child Labor Committee, domestic abuse

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