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

in The Rights of the Defenseless

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226652016
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226652023 | DOI:
“A Relic of Barbarism”: Cruelty, Civilization, and Social Order

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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

Chapter.  18298 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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