Chapter

“The Dove Has Claws”: Sympathy and State Power

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226652023.003.0005
“The Dove Has Claws”: Sympathy and State Power

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This chapter focuses on humane societies' creation of a private charity endowed with public powers in the U.S. It explains this hybrid organization combined moral suasion with police and highlights the increasing willingness of anticruelty societies to arrest recalcitrant cruelists. This chapter suggests that the combination of moral authority and state power helped reshape humanitarianism and inspired postbellum transformations in governance.

Keywords: human societies; private charity; public power; U.S.; moral suasion; police; moral authority; state power; humanitarianism; governance

Chapter.  20518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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