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The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America

Susan J. Pearson


In 1877, the American Humane Society was formed as the national organization for animal and child protection. Thirty years later, there were 354 anticruelty organizations chartered in the United States, nearly 200 of which were similarly invested in the welfare of both humans and animals. This book seeks to understand the institutional, cultural, legal, and political significance of the perceived bond between these two kinds of helpless creatures, and the attempts made to protect them. Unlike many of today's humane organizations, these first organizations were delegated police powers to make a ... More

Keywords: American Humane Society, animal protection, child protection, human organizations, anticruelty, police powers, magistrates, fines, jail, cruelty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226652016
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226652023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan J. Pearson, author