The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921 (Paperback)
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The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921 (Paperback)

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Vegetarianism has been practiced in the United States since the country's founding, yet the early years of the movement have been woefully misunderstood and understudied. Through the Civil War, the vegetarian movement focused on social and political reform, but by the late nineteenth century, the movement became a path for personal strength and success in a newly individualistic, consumption-driven economy. This development led to greater expansion and acceptance of vegetarianism in mainstream society. So argues Adam D. Shprintzen in his lively history of early American vegetarianism and social reform. From Bible Christians to Grahamites, the American Vegetarian Society to the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Shprintzen explores the diverse proponents of reform-motivated vegetarianism and explains how each of these groups used diet as a response to changing social and political conditions.

By examining the advocates of vegetarianism, including institutions, organizations, activists, and publications, Shprintzen explores how an idea grew into a nationwide community united not only by diet but also by broader goals of social reform.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469626529
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This unique, readable history of the vegetarian movement in America reveals its deep roots . . . [and] will make fascinating reading for proponents of a healthy lifestyle and students of Americana alike.--ForeWord Reviews


An excellent overview of the US vegetarian movement. . . [with] lucid, lively prose . . . . Highly recommended. All academic, general, and professional food history collections.--Choice


Shprintzen's original and probing book offers many ideas for researchers and writers to explore.--History News Network


This well-researched and accessible work is recommended for readers of U.S. social history and for vegetarians interested in knowing that the roots of their movement go deeper than the publication of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation and the founding of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Fans of culinary history books . . . will also find much to love here.--Library Journal


In this lively study Adam D. Shprintzen sidesteps the anecdotal and partisan viewpoints of the popular literature on vegetarian eating to write a focused history of the vegetarian movement in the United States between 1817 and 1921. . . . The Vegetarian Crusade brings to life a riveting collection of notable figures in the meatless subculture.--Journal of American History


History comes back to life in [The Vegetarian Crusade].--Chicago Reader


This carefully crafted study will have broad appeal, reaching not only readers interested in American food culture but also those invested in understanding the nature of US social reform movements, ranging from abolitionism to Progressivism."--The Historian


Provides a compelling account of vegetarianism's links to ideological reforms in health, fitness, and social justice.--Journal of American Culture


A valuable contribution to studies of American reforms.--Journal of Southern History


[The] book's historical details both resemble and depart from our own vegan movement in surprising and meaningful ways.--Public Books

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